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Italy: Gay Governor of Puglia wants to marry his partner in front of his family and community

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  1. Nixi Otemba 31 Jan 2013, 4:18pm

    well, were gonna see how long it wil take, maybe Italy will be the last pawn for the vatican to hold (and the laughing stock of europe)

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 31 Jan 2013, 4:37pm

      Well, there’s Greece too and to the north, those backward baltic states as well as Poland. All infested with religious nutters in government on a far wider scale than we in the UK could possibly imagine and we think we have it bad with the Tory backbenchers and a small sprinkling of similar minded Labour.

      1. Pavlos Prince of Greece 31 Jan 2013, 5:21pm

        This year the Constitutional Court of Greece will decide on same-sex marriage. I have no big illusions, but who know.

        1. Robert in S. Kensington 31 Jan 2013, 6:27pm

          Pavlos, I only hope it goes well. Somehow, the Orthodox church will find a way to to stop it.

        2. Ireland will have a constitutional convention in april. And with the church all but dead there and relgion last on a list of well over 100 priorities for the people – they may well change the const. to allow gay marriage

          Here’s hoping the vatican implodes. They all commit suicide and let the rats finish off the religious RATZIs of the west.

    2. He can be symbolically married by eg some minsiter of a church that supports gay marriage.

      No legal benefits etc, but it would be a hell of a good show. Prob get him Excommunicated, for which he should say Halleluja and “Hail Mary, full of grape, got herself laid and couldnt call it rape…………..”

  2. Edmund Rodgers 31 Jan 2013, 5:21pm

    Italy is the Vatican’s back garden and won’t do anything to upset her. It will need a strong socialist government to advance gay rights in that country.

    1. And yet abortion is legal in Italy, as is divorce. The state can act independently of the Vatican when it wants to.

      1. Evelyn Steward 31 Jan 2013, 6:29pm

        Both passed under socialist governments – whereas Italy is now sadly swaying to the right.

      2. I didnt realize abortion was legal in italy. Time to abort the vatican – whore house of evil – the wests’ Islam or worse.

        1. Since 1978!

  3. They should make Italy a part of the African Union NOT European Union!

    1. no – Soviet Union – just as evil – the west’s KGB

  4. Robert in S. Kensington 31 Jan 2013, 6:31pm

    Italy no longer has state religion. The roman cult was disestablished I believe in 1983. Didn’t make a bit of difference did it? It still has a strong foothold in the Italian psyche. About time the younger generation did something about it.

    1. Pavlos Prince of Greece 31 Jan 2013, 8:39pm

      ‘I am Communist and atheist, but in my body live 2000 years of Christian history’ (Pier Paolo Pasolini). And Mr. Vendola is Ex-Communist and Catholic. ‘Structural Catholicism’, very characteristic for all Italian society.

  5. PeterinSydney 31 Jan 2013, 7:36pm

    I wish him well in Italy. They need lots of help to defeat the influence of the Catholic Church.

  6. GingerlyColors 1 Feb 2013, 7:02am

    It should be possible for Nichi Vendola to marry his partner under Canadian law but it will not duck the issue that Italy lags behind many EU countries when it comes to LGBT rights. Not only that Italy will not recognize gay marriages performed in other countries. What goes on in the Vatican should stay within the walls of the Vatican and should not influence the country that surrounds it.

  7. Dimitris T 2 Feb 2013, 7:03am

    Italy is way ahead Greece in the aspect of gay rights. There is an alliance of openly gay policemen, which is absolutely out of the question here, in Greece, as an example. The conversation on civil partnerships is serious, not only by the left, but also by Monti, in a way. In Cyprus too, which is one way surprising, but with less hope.
    What I am writing here for, is to alert the community, that Euronews has already started a 24-hour broadcast in Greek, worldwide. A month ago. In Cyprus too. But in Greece, oh, noooooo!!! The Greek Government banned its broadcast by Greek public tv “ERT” which has the rights. They will stop the spread of any idea, any information that does not fit their likes. Are we in North Korea, already, led by a Right Government that was supposed to keep Greece in EU, the Left would lead to Grexit….?
    In the meanwhile wy can see Euronews in Greek on the web, but it is certainly not the same as open broadcast, which is addressed to a larger part of population.

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