• Short Summary

    The campaigns for the referendum on Italy's three-year-old divorce law entered their final stages on Friday (10 May).

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    The campaigns for the referendum on Italy's three-year-old divorce law entered their final stages on Friday (10 May).

    In Rome, the pro-divorce campaign culminated in a massive rally in the Piazza Del Popolo, with speeches from leaders of five political parties.

    Among the speakers were former Italian President, Social Democrat Giuseppe Saragat, veteran Socialist leader Pietro Nenni, Republican party leader Ugo la Malfa, Liberal Party leader Giovanni Malagodi and former Resistance leader Ferruccio Parri.

    Meanwhile the Christian Democrats -- the country's largest political party, and the only party opposed to italy's conservative divorce laws -- gained support from the Pope, who took a stand on the issue by supporting the anti-divorce views of the Bishops.

    An electorate of about 37.5 million go to the polls on Sunday and Monday (12 and 13 May) to vote either "yes" or "no" on the abrogation of the divorce laws.

    Considered among the least liberal in the West, Italy's limited divorce laws grant a legal and to marriage by mutual consent after five year's separation or in special cases such as madness, incest, or the departure of one of the partners on a life jail term.

    The campaign has driven a wedge between the Christian Democrats and their coalition partners, the socialists and Social Democrats. Even if the referendum does not bring the present Government down -- as many commentators have predicted -- it is expected to leave lasting divisions between the parties.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3ZJ2FCB1FD31F1ZO7A5WB7Q1H
    Media URN:
    VLVA3ZJ2FCB1FD31F1ZO7A5WB7Q1H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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