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10/20/2014 03:14 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Ignazio Marino, Rome's Mayor, Defies Italy's Gay Marriage Ban

Rome's mayor has made a step on the right side of history by publicly defying the country's ban on same-sex marriage.

Ignazio Marino ignored the Italian ban on same-sex marriage when he registered 16 couples over the weekend whose marriages were recognized abroad.

Earlier this month Interior Minister Angelino Alfano released a statement informing legislators that any registration of foreign marriages between same-sex couples would be "voided."

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