TOPSHOT - The shape of a heart with an equal sign and a small allarm clock bearing the same symbol is held by a supporter of same-sex civil unions during a demonstration in Rome's Piazza delle cinque Lune on January 28, 2016. 
Italy's Senate began examining a civil union bill for same-sex couples, a topic which has profoundly divided the country and could prove toxic for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government. A vote is expected mid-February, after which the text will have to go before the lower house of parliament, where negotiations are already underway to try to ensure the bill passes smoothly -- avoiding a potential return to the Senate. / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)