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Italy: Police apologise after manual dubs homosexuality ‘deviant’

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  1. Andrew G. Gibson 12 Jul 2012, 12:47pm

    “Although homosexuality has been legal in Italy since the 19th century…” Say what?!

  2. Well, at least they made the effort to apologise for their mistake. Guess the gay Italians will have something worth smiling today as their country is less homophobic although there is a long way to go for Italy and other nations too.

  3. Pavlos Prince of Greece 12 Jul 2012, 3:06pm

    Poor Italian Republic! I think, it was a big mistake – to abolish his own monarchy 1946: Umberto II, the last Italian King from the Savoy dynasty, was a not very secret gay (most important reason, why Catholic Church was so shameful not active during the referendum campaign), and – who knows – maybe under His reign Italy became be a real, secular, LGBT friendly state, and not a Vatican protectorate with clerical politicians like Andreotti or Berlusconi. Well, big lost opportunity, indeed.

  4. Robert in S. Kensington 12 Jul 2012, 5:06pm

    Italy is a socially backward country and resistant to LGBT equality, almost as bad as those baltic states as well as Greece. Religious influence is at the heart of it of course.

  5. Christopher 12 Jul 2012, 6:16pm

    This from a nation which hosts the fashion industry in Milan… not wise to alienate a major industry!!!

  6. Omar Kuddus 12 Jul 2012, 11:09pm

    The 585-page book said in part: “The main sexual deviances are homosexuality, exhibitionism, fetishism, sadism, incest and bestiality.”
    The force commander general, Leonardo Gallitelli said it was an “unfortunate mistake” based on an “obsolete formula”.
    The passage has been removed.

    Has the Italian police force not heard of proof readers, or have they apologised only after the fact that this was made public.

    One cannot forget that Italy is but home to the Pope and religious views regarding homosexuality are still rooted in their religious beliefs.

  7. GingerlyColors 13 Jul 2012, 6:43am

    The Carabinieri has a lot of catching up to do. It was only in 2001 that women were allowed to join.
    Italy need to be a little less homophobic, especially as they will soon be coming cap-in-hand to us for a bailout. If they wish to continue pandering to the Vatican, I’m sure the Roman Catholic Church has some cash to spare – they had plenty of assets in this country until Henry VIII plundered the monasteries 500 years ago.

  8. I would be mortified if I was Italian, a country that found it hard to move past the 1700’s.

  9. That There Other David 13 Jul 2012, 10:24am

    Italy needs modernising in many many ways. There’s a much large LGBT community there than anyone will ever admit, since the vast majority of gay Italians are closet cases. Which of course suits Vatican Inc™ just fine. Closet cases feeling shame is exactly how they want us all to be.

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