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Italy: Culture committee chairman proposes bill on gay civil unions

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  1. Italy is a beautiful country yet so backwards when it comes to LGBT rights.

  2. Godric Godricson 28 May 2013, 12:01pm

    Italy is ‘complicit by association’ with the clandestine actions of The Vatican and yet the Italian state denies basic human rights to ordinary people.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 28 May 2013, 12:11pm

    Catholicism is still deeply ingrained in the Italian psyche. Even though the Vatican is an independent state, it still manages to wield influence no matter who is in government. Yet it managed to disestablish the cult in 1983, and introduced a law to allow for divorce. Homosexuality was never criminalised.

    It’s just a question of time for Italy. I think it will eventually get there as more European countries introduce equal marriage.

    1. Pavlos Prince of Greece 28 May 2013, 1:25pm

      “Homosexuality was never criminalised”. Sorry, but not its not correct: in some Italian states like Piemont or city-republics “sodomy” was criminalised, but yes, after 1861, when Italy has became united Kingdom under Savoia dynasty, homosexuality was not included in the new Penal Code: only under Mussolini dictatorship gay men was jailed and exiled in one desert island in the Ligurian sea (in this context very ironic, that heir to the thrown at the time, Umberto, Prince of Piedmonte and Venice, was gay, and has lose his crown 1946 as last King partially because his sexuality was thematised during referendum by Communists). However, maybe here is an grand part of the problem: because homosexuality “never” was crime, it never has became legal – neither by the some “liberation” law (as in England 1967) or in the minds of the people. And for gay people was no need to became active at the pure political level (Mario Mieli was social figure). Early freedom has his price. Until now.

  4. That There Other David 28 May 2013, 1:47pm

    I’m quite encouraged that this support is coming from what was Berlusconi’s coalition. The largest group in the Italian Parliament is centre-left, so if the PdL and they can vote together on this that’s a majority already.

    And I know, it’s only civil unions, but those and some anti-discrimination laws will make the world of difference to LGBT Italians. They will finally be leaving the 19th Century.

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