Italy’s right-wing Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has ordered the wording on some official forms changed so that same-sex couples cannot both declare themselves as a child’s parents.

Salvini, interior minister and leader of the anti-immigrant League party, is now the Italy’s most favoured politician, according to some surveys, and his socially conservative policies have proven popular among voters so far.

 In an interview with a Catholic online newspaper Salvini said he had ordered the identity card application forms for children to be changed to refer to the “mother and father” instead of “parent 1” and “parent 2”.

“We will defend the natural family founded on the union between a man and a woman. I will exert all the power possible,” Salvini told La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana.

In Italy surrogate pregnancies are illegal and same-sex couples cannot adopt children.

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