EU Parliament scolds Italy for ‘anti-LGBT rhetoric’


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Anti-LGBT activists trample a LGBT flag. Photo EPA, Stephan Franko

The European Parliament is unhappy with the recent conservative rhetoric of the Italian government.

It places Italy in the same category as other conservative countries, such as Poland and Hungary, Ansa reports. The Parliament adopted a resolution that "condemns the spread of anti-rights, anti-gender and anti-LGBT rhetoric by some influential political leaders and governments in the EU, as in the case of Hungary, Poland and Italy."

Furthermore, the text read that the Parliament is concerned about "current anti-rights, anti-gender and anti-LGBTIQ rhetorical movements globally, fuelled by some political and religious leaders worldwide, including in the EU."

The resolution was approved by 282 MEPs, 235 voted against it, and ten abstained. It was part of a larger resolution that called for the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality and transgender identity.


Italian parties are divided about the European resolution, Euractiv writes.

Forza MP Patrizia Marrocco feels offended. "To trivialise and instrumentalise the recent events in Uganda and the discriminatory laws that provide for the death penalty on LGBT rights, putting Italy in the middle and comparing it to an autocratic country is a serious offence for a democratic and civilised country like ours", she said to Euractive. She added that the government will not "retreat one iota" on LGBT rights or discriminate against anyone because of sexual orientation.

On the other hand, the leftist Democratic Party agrees with the European Parliament. It has pointed the finger at the "dangerous drift" of the Italian right-wing government for a longer time already. "The European Parliament certifies what we in Italy already know very well: because of the government's wicked choices on rights, we are increasingly aligned with the positions of the Visegrad Group", Senator Cecilia D'Elia said.



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