The 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.