An Italian court has ordered a town to recognise the marriage of a gay couple who were wed in the United States, a move that advocates of gay marriage, which is not allowed in Italy, hailed as a first step toward legality. The court in the Tuscan city of Grosseto, in a decision announced late on Wednesday, said the town hall had to transcribe the marriage into its records, giving the two men the same rights as a heterosexual married couple. “This is a unique precedent for our country,” said Sergio Lo Giudice, a senator and past president of Italy’s leading gay rights group Arcigay. “It is the first time that a gay marriage has been recognised in Italy.” More