Mass rally against gay civil unions in Italy capital

A supporter of same-sex civil unions demonstrates in Rome's Piazza delle cinque LuneHundreds of thousands of people are expected to protest in Rome’s Circus Maximus arena Saturday against a civil unions bill for same-sex couples, a hot-potato issue for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s government. “As many people as possible must take part, remember this is the only weapon we have!” organiser Massimo Gandolfini said ahead of the “Family Day” rally, which begins in the capital’s ancient Roman chariot racing stadium at 1100 GMT. Gandolfini said he expected to fill the arena, which can take 350,000 people without counting the surrounding streets, while authorities in Rome said they were preparing for up to 500,000 people.

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