The Italian Socialist Member of Parliament, Loris Fortuna, told a meeting in Rome on Sunday (January 20) that the forthcoming referendum ???
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Background: The Italian Socialist Member of Parliament, Loris Fortuna, told a meeting in Rome on Sunday (January 20) that the forthcoming referendum ???ivorce would disturb Italy's religious peace.
The referendum -- expected to be held sometime in the next few months -- will decide the fate of the revised divorce 1 was which came into effect in Italy three years ago. The referendum became constitutionally inevitable after more than 1,300,000 Roman Catholics signed a petition opposing the revised divorce laws.
Mr. Fortuna, the leader of the League for the Institution of Divorce, said the referendum could once again ban divorce in Italy. and had already revised deep religious antagonisms.
Later in the day, Senator Amintore Fanfani, the leader of Italy's largest political party, the Christian Democrats, called for the referendum to be held as soon as possible.
Senator Fanfani -- four times Prime Minister and now the leader of the principal partner in Italy's four-party coalition Government--said the referendum would be in line with the Italian constitution, "which gives the people the last word on the matter of law."