Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italy reacts to Supreme Court ruling on gay parental custody

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Rome, January 11 - Italy's supreme Court of
Cassation ruled on Friday that there is no reason why gay people
cannot have custody of children, eliciting reactions from across
the political spectrum.
"This is a historic ruling, giving the future government a
formidable assist to finally legislate in favor of same-sex
marriage and full equality for all families," said Italian gay
and lesbian association Arcigay President Flavio Romani. "The
Cassation Court today reaffirmed what we've been saying for a
long time. Love is what makes children grow, and not the sexual
orientation of their parents".
Former Veneto governor and minister Giancarlo Galan, who is
from ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL)
party, hailed the ruling as "a significant step forward for
civil rights in our country. I hope political rhetoric will not
take a step back. The duty of a secular state is to listen to
its citizens and no one else".
Democratic Party (PD) Senator Ignazio Marino concurred.
"We should stop looking at such important matters as civil
rights through a 19th-century lens," he said. "I believe people
who love one another should have the same rights, no matter
their sexual orientation. The ability to raise a child is not
the exclusive prerogative of heterosexual couples. This has been
scientifically confirmed".
Members of the Catholic Church did not support the ruling.
"You can't build a civilization through court rulings,"
Father Domenico Sigalini, a member of the influential Italian
Episcopal Conference (CEI), told ANSA. "If most people have the
sense to object to adoptions by gay couples, it's because they
know intuitively that the child will have difficulties in a
family made up of two parents who are both women or both men. It
is not up to a court of law to say what the best situation is
for a child".
"Clearly the magistrates are anticipating the next Bersani
government's agenda," commented Northern League MP Massimo
Polledri, an avowed Catholic, adding that while there is no
scientific evidence that gay parents make good parents, "nature
and 200 years of psychoanalysis tell us that the correct
upbringing of the individual happens by having
different-gendered parents".

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