Wedding Rings

Italy could remove faithfulness requirement for marriage

Sat 17 Dec 2016
By Aaron James

Italian politicians may remove the legal requirement to be faithful to your spouse from the documents for marriage.

Specifically, lawmakers are considering whether to remove a clause regarding fidelity from the contracts.

The move's been put forward by senators and is now by the Italian Senate's Judiciary Committee.

Senator Laura Cantini, who supports the bill, said: "It’s the legacy of an outdated and antiquated vision of marriage, family and the duties and rights between spouses."

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But Myra Frost said on Facebook: "A marriage is also a commitment... to be faithful for better or worse. If one can't see himself/herself adhering to it, why bother?

Ken-Cathy Main added: "Government should not be involved with a religious vow in the first place!"

And John Sturm Fuchs said: "I hate the modern/progressive world so much.

"If fidelity in marriage is outdated and obsolete, someone please get me a time machine."

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A 2015 poll found 45 per cent of Italians had cheated on their partners at some point.

The same survey revealed more than a third of Brits (36 per cent) had been unfaithful.

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