10-29-2013 Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor officiates same-sex wedding at Supreme Court.
Two Italian Former Nuns Tie the Knot in Italy
On September 29, 2016, two 44-year-old former Italian Franciscan nuns (known only as Federica and Isabel) defied the Roman Catholic Church and got married in a civil union ceremony. The civil union was conducted by Luca Salvai, a local mayor in Pinerolo, in northwestern Italy. According to an interview in the Italian newspaper La Stampa, the women, met while working in a drug rehabilitation center and fell in love. “God wants people to be happy, wants them to live their love out in broad daylight, “Isabel told the newspaper. “We call upon our church to welcome all people who love each other,” Ferderica added. The women are planning to hold a separate religious ceremony later this year. A former Catholic priest, Franco Barbero, who was excommunicated for his support of gay marriage, will be conducting the service. Barbero said that Ferderica and Isable’s ceremony won’t be the first time he’s presided over the union of two former nuns. Italy still doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage. It only approved same-sex civil unions in May 2016, one of the last major Western European countries to do so.