The mayor of Rome transcribed 16 same-sex couples’ marriages onto the city’s registers Saturday despite the fact that Italy does not allow for the recognition of such unions, Bloomberg reports. All 16 couples had been legally married in another country.
Interior Minister Angelino Alfano was quick to condemn Marino’s actions, describing the registrations as “not possible” under Italian law and having thus “no legal value.” He went as far as suggesting that all Marino had done was give the couples his autograph.
Marino is not the first mayor to register same-sex couples’ marriages, as Milan and Bologna have similarly taken the symbolic measure. Earlier this month, Alfano called for all same-sex marriages to be cancelled and removed from municipal registries, suggesting that if the cities don’t comply, the federal government may step in.