The paper studies the case of the Italian non-recognition of same sex marriages contracted abroad. Many Italian same sex couples marry in countries where that is allowed; then, they apply to have their status recognised in Italy; but because there is no law regulating same sex relationships, their applications are often rejected. The paper studies a pending recourse before the European Court of Human Rights – Orlandi and others v Italy – in highlighting Italian private and international law provisions. To facilitate the analysis, the paper compares the Orlandi case with Oliari and A, and Felicetti and others v Italy, and studies the third party communications submitted by a number on nongovernmental organisations.
Keywords: Marriage equality, LGB rights, Italy, Private International Law, NGOs.