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Civil Unions, Partners: Domestic, Registered Legislation/Cases/References
See also: [MARRIAGE]
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In May 2004, the Pope's ambassador to one of Europe's leading Catholic countries hinted that the church should "acknowledge" gay partnerships [R1.1].

R1.1 The Age: "Pope's Envoy Offers Support to Gays" 06 MAY 04
Discrimination Legislation/Cases/References
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State

In January 2009, a new statute came into effect allowing the Vatican to bypass Italian law [R1.1].

R1.1 PinkNews.co.uk: "Vatican Breaks With Italian Law After Refusing to Sign UN Sexuality Declaration" 31 DEC 08
Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
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State

The Vatican will allow gay men into the priesthood if they can show they have been celibate for at least three years, but the Vatican will ban men "who publicly manifest their homosexuality" or show an "attraction" to homosexual culture "even if it is only intellectually", the paper added [R1.1].

However, practicing gays, those with "deeply rooted" homosexual tendencies, or those who support gay culture cannot be admitted to the priesthood [R1.2].

R1.1 The Age: "Celibate Gay Men Will be Allowed Into Priesthood" 08 OCT 05
R1.2 The Advocate: "Vatican Document Officially Bars Gays From the Priesthood" 12 NOV 05
Marrriage Legislation/Cases/References
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On 24 October 2015, Catholic synod voted on a summary document which decided against overhauling the church's teaching on gay Catholics. The document said there were 'absolutely no grounds' for gay marriage, describing same-sex marriage as 'not even remotely analogous' to heterosexual marriage [R1.1].

R1.1 PinkNews: Vatican Declares There Are 'No Grounds' For Same-Sex Marriage 25 OCT 15

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