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Italian footballer Claudio Marchisio backs equal marriage

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  1. Even on the adoption issue he accepts there is room for argument. He seems like a genuinely intelligent and thoughtful person. Maybe it’s just what he’s been told to say, but I like to believe the best about people so instead will just express my amazement at such unexpectedly positive comments!

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Jun 2012, 5:12pm

    This has to be a first for a soccer player! Well done!

  3. Jesus moran 18 Jun 2012, 5:18pm

    Is not their fault it’s being to close to the Vatican what makes them like that, move out Italy soon!!!

    1. GingerlyColors 18 Jun 2012, 7:00pm

      Maybe they should move the Vatican out of Italy instead. How about relocating it in Harare?

      1. That There Other David 18 Jun 2012, 8:33pm

        The Italian government made a huge change last year and started charging the Catholic Church tax on its property earnings, something it ought to have been paying to the Italian state since 1871. With luck Papal Hypocrisy Inc. won’t be able to afford downtown Rome for much longer.

        1. David, the Catholic Church is VERY rich indeed! And in my experience, the clergy are very happy to spend the money given to it by the congregation on their own comfort and luxuries.

        2. The Vatican bank is one of the top 5 richest banks in the world, and the Papalcy is revoltingly rich. They won’t lose any sleep over the tax they have to pay. It’ll be a pittance compared to what they make in revenue.

  4. Midnighter 18 Jun 2012, 6:42pm

    Some of the rabid bigots masquerading as Christians would do well to emulate the insight and compassion this chap has shown.

    A great ambassador for his sport, and I hope this is recognised.

  5. it’s really good to see a football player speaking out like this in favour of marriage equality, even if he’s not quite so sure on the issue of adoption, he admits it’s not necessary for children to have mixed-sex parents. It’s shows he’s thinking about it.

    I also like the way he’s open about the situation of a gay footballer, saying it would be difficult, which isn’t right.

    Finally, I like the way he refers to his team mate as being immature – probably one factor in a lot of straight men being homophobic, although I’m not trying to excuse it.

  6. Fantastic to see a leading international footballer getting (a large part of) equality and LGBT rights and accepting where he is unsure that there is argument in favour of the rights. Very grown up thoughts that he has articulated well.

    I like his commentary supporting his team mate but recognising his immaturity with some diplomacy!

    I wish we could get some English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish footballers prepared to take a stand. Sure we have a few lower level players like Clarke Carlisle who are outspoken against racism and homophobia – but a leading Premiership player for example would be amazing.

  7. He has to be careful about what he says. After all he is close to Vatican and he plays in a football team and as we know football teams aren’t exactly the most accepting people at the moment….unfortunately. But it’s great that he at least came out as a supporter for equality.

  8. Now if only more football players can come out in support of same sex marriage.

    Good on him for speaking out and I am sure that he may get a hard time for voicing his opinions.

    I wonder what the likes of Beckham, Lampard and Terry think of same sex marriage?

    1. Beckham is pro-gay. He has announced it many times and so is his entire family

      As for other pro football players…idk. I think that spanish players could be more accepting and supportive of equal rights because Spain is VERY pro gay socially and with their legal system (one of the most liberal places on earth).

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