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Italy: Lower House of the Italian Parliament to debate anti-homophobia bill

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  1. Wim in Holland 23 Jul 2013, 12:07pm

    Now the Pope is not at home, they mustered up their courage.

  2. This would be a good first step. Refusal of goods and services should be covered in European law, although without some equal form of legal recognition of relationships, such as marriage, still provide an avenue for discrimination. They also have no law allowing fostering and adoption, so still a long way to go.

    All of that should have been done before but it was Berlusconi and his nationalist right-wing government who prevented progress. Let’s hope that rapid progress can now be made and free LGBT people in Italy from much of the institutionalised homophobia.

  3. With Equal Marriage having recently been enshrined in law in France, England and Wales, and with Scotland and the Republic of Ireland likely to follow suit, it’s high time for Italy to catch up.

    At least we’ll now have the moral high ground when we lecture them about their backwardness !

    1. Gay men can donate blood in Italy, and it’s been legal to have gay sex there since 1890.

  4. Beelzeebub 23 Jul 2013, 1:42pm

    What the f”~k is there to debate.

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 23 Jul 2013, 1:58pm

    Even though Italy no longer has state religion, catholicism is still deeply ingrained in the Italian psyche, especially when it comes to politicians of whatever party. The Vatican somehow still seems to maintain a firm grip on social issues although it lost the battle to uphold the ban against divorce.

    I don’t expect much to happen even though this is a baby step forward. Greece is no different either. The ECHR ought to at least intervene to compel Italy and others to clean up their acts. Odd for a country though which never criminalised homosexuality.

    1. That is the insidious nature of religious ‘conditioning’. If you brainwash a child early and deeply enough into the superstitious ways of religion, it’s almost impossible to eradicate those inner-fears. Ever. ‘Give me the child until he is seven; I will give you the man’. Religions WELL understand the philosophy of this. Is it just co-incidence that the world (particularly Western) has become a far better, kinder, more peaceful place since the demise of religious deference ….

      1. And Lenin, a famous atheist, said, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” It’s not just the religious who brainwash children. And I don’t know why you think the world is more peaceful since the decline of Christianity. The murder rate in Britain has tripled since the 1960s, and family breakdown and drug addiction have skyrocketed.

    2. They might not have criminilized it, but good old Mousollini rounded up all the gay men in Italy and plonked them on an island!!

  6. What the HELL is there to debate? It is a gross infringement of human rights to have to suffer discrimination on ANY grounds. Discrimination against gay people is repeatedly excused and tolerated because of ‘religious belief’. Well, Hitler used ‘religious belief’ to persecute the Jews. Russia is currently going through a similar resurgance of ‘religious morality’. If we allow a ‘belief’ to become a licence to pedal hatred, we’re on a VERY slippery slope towards the demise of democracy ….

  7. Eventually every government is going to have to make a choice:

    1. Remain in the 20th Century and let Religious dogma continue to poison the world.

    2. Move into the 21st Century and get with the freakin’ programme

  8. Robert in S. Kensington 23 Jul 2013, 9:03pm

    I’ve learned that the French hate group, Manif pour Tous is now taking its campaign to Italy.

    1. Linda Giovanna Zambanini 23 Jul 2013, 10:37pm

      Thanks for the heads up Robert! Is there an article about this development somewhere that I could post to alert my friends on LGBT Activists group on FB? If not PinkNews needs to do a story on this important development. I have no doubt that both NOM and MPT are taking their dog and pony show on the road to Italy now. They never give up. Disgusting!

  9. Linda Giovanna Zambanini 23 Jul 2013, 10:24pm

    Thanks for doing an article on this important moment in history in Italy, but it’s really a piss poor article. You left out that the debate and vote on the bill will take place in the Chamber of Deputies on Fri JUNE 26TH. And you spent way too much time talking about Berlusconi and the Pdl and not a mention of the left wing Pd who has really pushed this through including MP Ivan Scalfarotto, who is the Gay author of the bill and is the Vice President of the Pd party in Italy. He needs to be given some props!

  10. Linda Giovanna Zambanini 24 Jul 2013, 12:12am

    The debate begins in the Chamber of Deputies this Friday July 26th. And heads up! It’s NO accident that the Manif Pour Tous has taken their dog and pony show on the road to Italy now (just announced see article below) and is staging it’s very first protest on the Piazza Montecitorio on the evening of this Thurs. July 25th That is the piazza where Palazzo Montecitorio is located – the Palazzo is aka the Italian Chamber of Deputies (the “House” of it’s Parliament – it is frequently just called “Il Montecitorio” for short. AND they will be debating for the first time Italy’s historic Anti-homophobia bill, which was given the green light by a Parliamentary commission on Monday night. It is likely to pass. So Manif Pour Tous wants to stir up a stink the night before so the lawmakers will be scared to vote in favor of it! Dirty MF’ers! Here is the article in JoeMyGod about their protest:

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