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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (lgbtq+) rights in Italy significantly advanced in the 21st century, although lgbtq+ people still face some legal challenges not experienced by non-lgbtq+ residents. According to ILGA-Europe's 2021 report, the status of lgbtq+ rights in Italy is the worst among Western European countries - such as still legally banning same-sex marriage, no discrimination protections for goods and services and also lacking any parental rights for same-sex couples within adoption and IVF.
In Italy, both male and female same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1890, when a new Penal Code was promulgated. A civil union law was passed in May 2016, providing same-sex couples with many of the rights of marriage. Stepchild adoption was, however, excluded from the bill, and it is currently a matter of judicial debate. The same law provides both same-sex and heterosexual couples which live in an unregistered cohabitation with several legal rights.