Rome City Mayor Ignazio Marino had registered 16 same-sex marriage celebrated aboard the city hall registers. However, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said that his marriages were considered invalid because it was unconstitutional.
Mayor Marino hoped that “this will become a normal day.” He posted photos of himself wearing the mayor’s sash in between some newly-wed couples and their families inside city hall. On another post, he said “how could you not call this love?”
However, Alfano said through his own social media account that Alfano’s transcriptions were invalid. He said that the Italian constitution makes it impossible to marry two people of the same gender. Alfano stressed that Marino’s signature is not a substitute for law. He even called it an “autograph.”
Alfano also stressed in his interview with local Roman news radio RTL that city authorities must cancel the same-sex registrations or government representatives will step in and annul them.
However, Mayor Marino insisted that “people opposed to the transcriptions probably live in the wrong century” in the Corriere della Sera.
Same-sex marriage is legitimate in some states of the US, the UK and France. These new laws have been constitutionalised in such countries. Without Italy’s consideration, all marriages in cities are invalid.