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Over the rainbow: same-sex marriages and employment in Italy

On 1 May, people around the world will be celebrating May Day — also known as International Workers’ Day — with traditional dances involving rainbow-coloured ribbons.

Here in Italy, May Day was first celebrated in 1890 to celebrate workers’ achievements in their struggles for their rights and for better social and economic conditions. This year, ‘the struggle for rights and better social conditions’ may be taking a new turn for the Italian workforce.

This has been brought about by a historic ruling made on 10 April this year by Judge Paolo Cesare Ottati in the Southern Tuscan province of Grosseto — which has for the first time in Italian history legally recognised a marriage between two people of the same sex…

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