Mr Monti said yesterday that issues involving personal dignity are more important that economic reforms.
But he stressed that his coalition forces, which include pro-Vatican centrists, came together to work on the more “urgent” task of achieving economic growth in recession-mired Italy.
He says the new parliament will have a greater role than the government in dealing with gay rights. Mr Monti did not express his personal opinion on gay marriage.
Same-sex marriage is not permitted in Italy. The Vatican, which carries significant influence in Italian politics, opposes same-sex marriage.