The Italian government is looking at passing a bill providing many of the protections of marriage to unmarried couples, gay or straight. The Vatican, needless to say, doesn’t like it one bit. And in their usual hyperbolic manner, they’ve declared in an editorial in the Vatican newspaper that the move would “eradicate the family.” That’s funny, “the family” still exists in Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and every other nation where they have civil unions or gay marriage. In fact, there are more families than ever. They may not look like the families the Vatican likes, of course, but then again they lost their credibility a long time ago when they decided to transfer pedophile priests from congregation to congregation. I suspect that harmed far more families than civil unions possibly could.