Italy's Constitutional Court held its first meeting today to discuss the referendum proposed by the anti-divorsists to abolish the new divorce law.
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Background: Italy's Constitutional Court held its first meeting today to discuss the referendum proposed by the anti-divorsists to abolish the new divorce law. The divorce law was passed in December 1970 under protest ??? the Christian Democrat party, the biggest majority in the coalition government, and a campaign immediately opened to collect enough signatures to propose a referendum abolishing the law. Instead of the 500,000 signatures necessary, the campaign produced over 1,000,000. The referendum is now being examined in today's session after which it will be announced whether or not it is in keeping with the country's constitutional law. The announcement will be made in a further public hearing during the next ten days or so. A date will then be fixed, if the referendum is considered legal, for the entire Italian electorate to vote for or against the divorce law. This date is expected to be during May or June.