Members of the LGBT community and supporters filled Rome's Piazza Montecitorio on Thursday to celebrate the vote on same-sex civil unions by the Chamber of Deputies. Simona Granati/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Supporters of same-sex civil union gathered last Saturday in central Rome. Italy is the only major Western European country that has not legalized same-sex marriage or civil unions. The Senate plans to take up the question of civil unions on Thursday. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Holdout In Western Europe, Italy Prepares To Decide On Civil Unions

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Supporters of same-sex civil union hold alarm clocks "to wake up Italia" on January 23, near the Pantheon in central Rome. Italy is the only major Western European country not to have enacted legislation allowing gay couples to have their relationships legally recognized and protected. A bill which the Senate will start examining on Thursday would enable same-sex couples to enter civil unions. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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