30th January 2013
Venice breaks cultural ties with St Petersburg over anti-gay law 7
12:20 PM — The Italian city of Venice has broken its cultural partnership with Russian city, St Petersburg, over an anti-gay law which was brought in a year ago.
26th January 2013
Italy: Catholic anti-gay blog returns after hacking downtime 12
2:15 AM — An Italian Catholic blog has been reinstated after falling to a DDoS attack. LGBT blogs cheered when Pontifex went down, but the site's webmaster has called them "wrong".
22nd January 2013
Italian teacher gives students handout that states gay people can be ‘cured’ 14
5:47 PM — A teacher in Venice attracted a media storm after a student posted a scan of his homophobic handout on Facebook.
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.
Vatican criticises pro-gay European Court of Human Rights ruling 56
10:45 AM — 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.
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.”
14th December 2012
Pope uses ‘peace’ day message to attack same-sex marriage 103
6:43 PM — 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.
29th November 2012
Study: More than half of LGBT Italians believe ageing is harder for them than for heterosexuals 9
3:14 PM — 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.
Venice looks to suspend partnership with St Petersburg over anti-gay laws 9
1:29 PM — 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.
22nd November 2012
Italy: 15-year-old believed to have killed himself after homophobic bullying 7
7:22 PM — A 15-year-old boy in Rome is believed to have committed suicide after suffering anti-gay bullying in Italy.
9th November 2012
Vatican paper brushes off equal marriage victories 32
8:41 PM — 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.
26th September 2012
Vatican diplomat: Anti-gay opponents are being ‘vilified’ for their views 83
7:29 PM — 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.
8th August 2012
Vatican rejects Bulgarian lawyer for job over gay sex book 5
5:17 PM — A 39-year-old lawyer has seen his hopes of becoming a new aide to the Pope dashed. According to the Independent, Bulgaria’s Kiril Maritchkov was turned down from an ambassadorial position after the Vatican became aware of his literary past.
23rd July 2012
Milan: Catholic Church in polygamy warning over gay civil union register 39
4:15 PM — Following the mayor of Milan's promise of a register of gay civil unions, the Catholic Church has warned it could legitimise polygamy.
20th July 2012
Footballer Antonio Cassano fined €15,000 after hoping for ‘no gays on Italy squad’ 25
4:08 PM — Italian striker Antonio Cassano has been fined €15,000 for anti-gay comments he made in the run-up to the Euro 2012 championships.
12th July 2012
Italy: Police apologise after manual dubs homosexuality ‘deviant’ 9
12:31 PM — The national police force in Italy has apologised after a training manual listed homosexuality alongside bestiality, incest and necrophilia as a 'sexual deviance'.
26th June 2012
Audio: Phil Brown accidentally dubs Italian midfielder ‘homophobic’ 7
4:04 PM — The former Hull City manager Phil Brown accidentally dubbed an Italian midfielder 'homophobic' this week, seemingly intending to suggest he was homesick.
18th June 2012
Italian footballer Claudio Marchisio backs equal marriage 13
5:02 PM — 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.