Italy: Populist Party Pushes for Marriage Equality

Written by scott on April 9th, 2013

Five Star Movement LogoThe Five Star Movement, the populist party that captured a third of the vote in Italy’s last elections, is pushing for marriage equality in parliament, Gay Star News reports:

Former comedian Beppe Grillo’s party has asked the parliament to introduce marriage equality, trans rights and stamping out gay hate in Italy. The M5S is a ‘new movement of citizens’ and has been labeled by its political opponents as a ‘populist party’, pandering to both left-wing and right-wing Italians. The first drafts of the three bills, 391, 392 and 393, known as ‘disegni di legge’, are now being investigated by the commission in charge to approve new debates at the Italian parliament.

The bill may have slim chance of passage in this heavily Catholic country, but even debating it is a huge step. We have gay friends in Italy, and would be thrilled for them if they could finally get married.

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  1. OJ says:

    Oops…corrected version below!

    I would suggest reconsidering this idea that “the Catholics” are the issue. True, catholic leaders have been extremely fierce on gay rights but a deeper understanding of the difference between Catholic leaders and its followers is much needed.

    For example, recent polls are showing a very high support for marriage equality in Ireland (a Catholic country) and of the 11 countries currently legalising gay marriage, at least 3 of those have a high Catholic percentage (Argentina, Spain, Portugal) as well as parts of Brazil and Mexico. Yes, its leaders are nutty, but its followers have shown they are better than that.

    At the same time, many non-Catholic developed countries have a very poor record on gay rights – look at Greece, Eastern Europe, Australia, the Southern US states, not to mention secular countries like Japan and Korea.

    My point is that we should avoid tarring all “the Catholics” with the same brush as its leaders, the problems lie in much more deep rooted social traditions and norms. This is much more likely to block marriage equality in Italy than Catholicism.

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