Italy's civil code currently makes a distinction between "legitimate" children, born of married parents, and "natural" children, whose parents are not married, Italy's ANSA news agency reported.
The proposed new law would remove the distinction and extend to all children the recognition of kinship with all family members and not just with the parents, which is currently only a right for "legitimate" children.
This would mean that should the parents die, a child born out of wedlock could be entrusted to the grandparents rather than put up for adoption, which often happens now. The bill also has important implications for inheritances.
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