26 January 2013
Italy: Catholic anti-gay blog returns after hacking downtime
An Italian Catholic blog has been reinstated after falling to a DDoS attack.
22 January 2013
Italian teacher gives students handout that states gay people can be ‘cured’
A teacher in Venice attracted a media storm after a student posted a scan of his homophobic handout on Facebook.
17 January 2013
Italian PM Mario Monti opposes equal marriage and same-sex adoption rights
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has said he opposes same-sex marriage and adoption rights for gay people.
17 January 2013
Vatican criticises pro-gay European Court of Human Rights ruling
The Vatican's foreign minister has criticised a pro-gay ruling from the European Court of Human Rights that affirms employers’ right to limit the expression of religious beliefs in the workplace when it conflicts with equality laws.
11 January 2013
Italian Supreme Court in landmark gay parental ruling
Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation ruled on Friday that there is no reason why gay people cannot have custody of children.
6 January 2013
Mario Monti: Decision on Italian marriage equality should be made by parliament
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.
31 December 2012
Silvio Berlusconi: “I have a lot of gay friends, they’re friendly and funny”
Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says his opponents have accused him of everything “except being gay and stealing money from Italians.”
14 December 2012
Pope uses ‘peace’ day message to attack same-sex marriage
In a message for World Day of Peace 2013, Pope Benedict XVI has described same-sex marriage as a threat to justice and peace, adding that it will spark harm for society.
29 November 2012
Study: More than half of LGBT Italians believe ageing is harder for them than for heterosexuals
In a survey of LGBT Italians 55% said they are concerned about their future in Italy, and 52% said that being gay and ageing is more difficult for them than it is for straight people.
29 November 2012
Venice looks to suspend partnership with St Petersburg over anti-gay laws
The Venice Municipal Council is currently considering ending a partnership with the Russian city of St Petersburg over the latter’s recently adopted anti-gay laws.
22 November 2012
Italy: 15-year-old believed to have killed himself after homophobic bullying
A 15-year-old boy in Rome is believed to have committed suicide after suffering anti-gay bullying in Italy.
9 November 2012
Vatican paper brushes off equal marriage victories
The semi-official newspaper of the Holy See, L’Osservatore Romano, is seeking to downplay this week’s equal marriage victories in the US and Europe.
26 September 2012
Vatican diplomat: Anti-gay opponents are being ‘vilified’ for their views
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who is the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, said the Roman Catholic Church deeply believed that human sexuality was a gift reserved for married heterosexual couples.
8 August 2012
Vatican rejects Bulgarian lawyer for job over gay sex book
A 39-year-old lawyer has seen his hopes of becoming a new aide to the Pope dashed.
23 July 2012
Milan: Catholic Church in polygamy warning over gay civil union register
Following the mayor of Milan's promise of a register of gay civil unions, the Catholic Church has warned it could legitimise polygamy.
20 July 2012
Footballer Antonio Cassano fined €15,000 after hoping for ‘no gays on Italy squad’
Italian striker Antonio Cassano has been fined €15,000 for anti-gay comments he made in the run-up to the Euro 2012 championships.
12 July 2012
Italy: Police apologise after manual dubs homosexuality ‘deviant’
The national police force in Italy has apologised after a training manual listed homosexuality alongside bestiality, incest and necrophilia as a 'sexual deviance'.
26 June 2012
Audio: Phil Brown accidentally dubs Italian midfielder ‘homophobic’
The former Hull City manager Phil Brown accidentally dubbed an Italian midfielder 'homophobic' this week, seemingly intending to suggest he was homesick.
18 June 2012
Italian footballer Claudio Marchisio backs equal marriage
Claudio Marchisio, a midfielder on Italy's national squad has spoken out in favour of equal marriage rights for gay couples, a week after a team-mate said he hoped there were no gays on their team.
13 June 2012
Italian footballer ‘regrets’ hoping there were no gays in Euro 2012 team
An Italian striker has apologised after telling a press conference he hoped there were no gay men in his team at the Euro 2012 football championships.