A mayor in a northern Italian town has refused to officiate a civil union – but says his actions aren’t a “challenge” to the recently-passed law legalizing same-sex unions.
“Why can’t a mayor be a conscientious objector?” asks Serafino Ferrino, mayor of Favria in Turin, home to around 5,000 people.
Ferrino, who is a practising Catholic, refused to officiate a civil union between two men in his municipality, according to local media.
“This law is an error and I don’t see why a mayor should be obligated to respect it, going against his own ethical principles,” he said, adding that he was sure many other mayors were in the same position, La Stampa reported on Monday.
The couple in question aren’t resident in Favria, but hoped to celebrate their union there next March.
Not only has Ferrino refused to officiate the ceremony himself, but he has also refused to nominate another person to officiate it instead.
Now, the couple has two choices: either they can get their civil union in another town, or the union can go ahead in Favria without the mayor’s involvement, with the head of the registry office officiating instead.