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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said Tuesday that Italy remained the only major western European country that did not recognize civil partnerships or gay marriage.
Italy was taken to the Strasbourg-based European court by three homosexual couples who had complained that the country was discriminating against them because of their sexual orientation. They claimed this was a breach of Article 8 - the right to respect for private and family life - of the European Convention on Human Rights.
In their ruling, a panel of seven judges said that same-sex couples in Italy needed greater legal rights, while ordering the government to pay 5,000 euros ($5,400) in damages to each of the claimants, as well as a total of 14,000 euros ($15,500) in legal expenses.....................
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