25th October 2014
Italy’s ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi backs same-sex civil unions 8
12:28 PM — Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who strongly opposed gay rights while in office, has thrown his weight behind proposals for same-sex civil unions.
30th June 2014
Italy: Former PM Silvio Berlusconi reverses position, supports gay rights 9
1:41 PM — Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has signalled his support for the gay rights movement, reversing his previous stance.
20th September 2013
Vladimir Putin: ‘Europeans are dying out so why would we want gay marriage?’ 114
1:22 PM — Vladimir Putin has denied that the LGBT community faces discrimination in Russia. Speaking at the Valdai International Discussion Club on Thursday, Mr Putin insisted that there was "no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities" in the country.
19th September 2013
Vladimir Putin: ‘If Silvio Berlusconi were gay he would have escaped prosecution’ 34
6:14 PM — Vladimir Putin has said that the only reason former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been prosecuted in court is because he straight, and that, were he gay, he would not have faced the same.
14th August 2013
Former Italian finance minister to sue Vatican official over sexuality claims 8
4:36 PM — One of Italy's former finance ministers is suing a member of the new Vatican financial reform panel and also journalists over claims about his sexuality and public standing.
23rd July 2013
Italy: Lower House of the Italian Parliament to debate anti-homophobia bill 15
11:29 AM — The Lower House of the Italian Parliament is set to begin debating a bill that would make homophobic discrimination a criminal offence.
28th May 2013
Italy: Culture committee chairman proposes bill on gay civil unions 5
11:22 AM — A centre-right Italian politician proposes to introduce a bill this week that would recognise the civil rights of gay couples in same-sex relationships.
13th May 2013
Italy: Rome mayoral candidate pledges to introduce same-sex civil unions 8
4:20 PM — A candidate to become mayor of Rome on Monday promised that he would issue same-sex civil unions in the city, if he is elected.
4th May 2013
Italy: New equalities minister removed from post after saying that gays ‘ghettoise’ themselves 19
6:51 PM — Less than 24 hours after being sworn in as a member of Italy's new coalition government, a junior equalities minister has been removed from her post for saying that gay people invite discrimination by "ghettoising" themselves.
20th February 2013
Italian centre-right party says ‘Vote with your heart, not with your ass’ 2
6:31 PM — Candidates of Italy’s centre-right party, Fratelli d’Italia, have been criticised for making a homophobic political advertisement on YouTube - which has now been removed.
17th January 2013
Italian PM Mario Monti opposes equal marriage and same-sex adoption rights 20
2:39 PM — Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has said he opposes same-sex marriage and adoption rights for gay people.
11th January 2013
Italian Supreme Court in landmark gay parental ruling 13
6:35 PM — Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation ruled on Friday that there is no reason why gay people cannot have custody of children.
6th January 2013
Mario Monti: Decision on Italian marriage equality should be made by parliament 9
4:38 PM — The Italian Premier, Mario Monti, who is backed by the Vatican for his re-election bid, has said that gay rights issues, including marriage equality, should be decided by parliament, not his governement, if he is successful.
31st December 2012
Silvio Berlusconi: “I have a lot of gay friends, they’re friendly and funny” 26
3:41 PM — Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says his opponents have accused him of everything “except being gay and stealing money from Italians.”
29th May 2012
First gay couple in the world to marry imagine a dead Berlusconi for artwork 15
9:33 PM — A gay couple, who were the first to be married in the world, have created an art installation which is a life-like waxwork of the former Italian premier, Silvio Berlusconi, imagined on a death-bed.
27th March 2012
Uruguayan man given landmark residence permit to live with husband in Italy 23
12:52 PM — Authorities in northern Italy on Monday issued a residence permit to a Uruguayan man whose application was initially rejected because his marriage to an Italian man - which took place in Spain - is not recognised by the country's laws.
23rd September 2011
Ten Italian MPs accused of being ‘gay hypocrites’ 34
5:46 PM — Ten Italian MPs have been accused of being "gay hypocrites". A US-based blog named the politicians, who include right-wing MPs and members of Silvio Berlusconi's ruling party, and said they were secretly gay.
27th July 2011
Italy rejects anti-homophobia bill 127
9:49 AM — Italy's parliament has rejected a bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from discrimination. The Chamber of Deputies voted yesterday 293 votes to 250 not to approve the legislation.
2nd November 2010
Silvio Berlusconi says it’s ‘better to like pretty women than be gay’ 55
1:56 PM — Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has angered gay groups by saying that having an eye for beautiful women is better than being gay. The premier has been fighting allegations of sexual impropriety in his private life.