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Italian PM Mario Monti opposes equal marriage and same-sex adoption rights

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  1. That There Other David 17 Jan 2013, 2:53pm

    This just echoes what he’s already said in the past. The man’s another Julia Gillard, hoping that his lack of party backing can be negated by appealing to the religious bloc.

    It’ll be a nice test of just how much Italy has changed over the past decade to see how well he does in the upcoming election. I’m hoping that both he and Berlusconi come away with much less than they hope for.

  2. Well, it’s hardly surprising. This guy consults Joe Ratzinger before he makes the slightest move.

  3. PinkPolitico 17 Jan 2013, 3:01pm

    Good thing then that he faces almost certain defeat. The centre-left are strongly favoured to win the election.

    1. I wish that was true. But the centre-left is not going to get a majority of the seats in the upper house.

      1. PinkPolitico 17 Jan 2013, 7:05pm

        Perhaps, but Monti and his “centrist” alliance will not be returning to power, which, based on these homophobic comments can only be a good thing.

        1. I disagree with that too, (the first oart of it).

  4. Pavlos Prince of Greece 17 Jan 2013, 3:09pm

    He is new darling of Italian Catholic Church (after fall of Berlusconi), standing conversation partner of Vatican semi-official newspaper ‘L`Osservatorio Romano’ and political chor boy by the Mess of Pope Natzinger. And against same-sex marriage. Surprise!

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Jan 2013, 3:58pm

    Italy and Greece will be the last countries to have any semblance of equality. Both will become pariahs along with some of those Baltic states as more EU members introduce equal marriage. Both are very backward countries socially. Their politics stink too.

  6. “backed by the Vatican”
    A guarantee of unsuitability.

  7. not a surprise, he is trying to win the catholic vote in Italy – he maybe the best hope for their finances but for as for advancing LGBTQ rights, he is sourly lacking.

  8. Well, he would, wouldn’t he? Look how old he is? It’s just the ignorance and bigotry of the senile. Plus his closeness to the vile hate-mongers of the vatican.

  9. Interesting situation is now the only major party in Italy which proposes gay marriage is Berlusconi’s, who recently himself changed his mind on the issue. Monti won’t, Bersani the leader of the left and most likely the next prime minister won’t. Having spent time in Italy recently during this election period my view on Berlusconi has changed. He has had the scandals and all that , but he isn’t a blundering buffoon like he is made out to be in the foreign media; he is a charismatic and knowledgeable man who has experience of running a country – not a picture that often gets painted of him.

    1. You’re wrong. Berlusconi does not support gay marriage. It seemed like he would support some form of legal recognition for gay couple but he backtracked on that too.

  10. Not sure Berlusconi would agree – he never seemed to limit himself to one woman…

  11. I thought he was an unelected technocrat imposed on Italy by the IMF-ECB-EU.

  12. Anyway, nobody running for election is supporting marriage equality. Sometimes I wonder if there is any hope for Italy…

  13. What is the matter with Italy? You have deep-seated racism on the terraces of their football stadiums and virulent homophobia amongst its politicians. These are the noises coming out of Italy right now – sounds like horrible place to be….

  14. What does ANYONE expect from a country that harbours within its borders a cancer that has grown to infect the rest of the world…namely Vatican Inc. Enough said

    1. ‘What does ANYONE expect from a country that harbours within its borders a cancer that has grown to infect the rest of the world…namely Jewry Inc.’

      :says the Anti-Semite bigot

      ‘What does ANYONE expect from a country that harbours within its borders a cancer that has grown to infect the rest of the world…namely Vatican Inc.’

      :says the Anti-Catholic bigot

      “Catholic baiting is the anti-Semitism of the liberals.”

  15. This article is not correct. Monti said that personally he thinks that a family is made of a woman and a man, but that his party allows peole freedom of conscience and that he believes that what in Italy we call “pax”, a sort of civil union, should be given to all couples who live together. Seems good to me! The rest is leftist propaganda for the elections, when they know all too well that before obtaining marriage, it is normal to proceed step by step (see the UK).

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