Italy: LGBT Groups Protest Toothless Gay Hate Ban

Written by scott on September 20th, 2013

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Italian gay-rights advocacy groups are protesting a proposed gay hate ban that’s so riddled with holes that it is basically meaningless.

Gay Star News reports:

LGBT rights and ally groups criticized the proposed legislation, which intends to penalize homophobia and transphobia but still protects the ‘opinions expressed within political, cultural or religious organizations,’ allowing groups to continue making homophobic comments. In a dramatic demonstration, Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) staged a kiss-in during the vote hearing where members turned to members of the same-sex and locked lips, holding signs that read ‘more rights’. The group’s Facebook page revealed the kiss-in was held ‘because a kiss and a hug should not be frightening and we are not afraid’. According to la Repubblica, the bill passed with a vote 354 in favor and 79 against.

I mean, seriously, “opinions expressed within political, cultural or religious organizations”? That’s a hole you could drive a Mack Truck through.

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