(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 11 – An Italian couple who have changed their sex will marry in Recanati, the Marche birthplace of the great Italian romantic poet Giacomo Leopardi.
New man Emanuele Loati, 25, and his former wife Maura Nardi, 41, told their story to Il Resto del Carlino and Radio Erre.
Maura has been blind since the age of 19 due to retinal disease and works as a switchboard operator at a public agency.
“My colleagues, friends and fellow citizens have supported me in my transition process which began in 2018,” she said.
Emanuele said he was encouraged by his then-fiancée’s experience and began his own transition soon after.
The news of the marriage was accepted and respected in the small Marche town where the famous and short-lived poet and pessimistic philosopher was born in 1798, before his untimely death in Naples in 1837.
“We all welcomed this decision, and there was no prejudice,” Recanati Mayor Antonio Bravi told the Resto newspaper.
“If they decide to celebrate their marriage in the municipal offices, I will marry them with great pleasure.
“We are a community open to all situations, a city of culture that adapts to change”. (ANSA).
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