Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

U.S. gay-marriage rulings praised and chided in Italy

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Rome, June 27 - A pair of decisions by the United
States Supreme Court Wednesday - one that entitled married
same-sex couples to federal benefits and another that
effectively legalized gay marriage in California - was widely
praised but also criticized in Italy on Thursday.
"They are celebrating my own emotions. The ruling of the
Supreme Court overtakes with incredible speed the unbelievable
hesitations and the slowness of politics and legislators in
different parts of the world," said Puglia Governor Nichi
Vendola, who heads the left-wing SEL party.
"Italy now has the right to emancipate itself from the
Middle Ages," he added, referring to the fact that Italy does
not recognize gay marriage.
The decisions were also lauded by Deputy Labour Minister
Maria Cecilia Guerra, who called it "a great step forward
towards the recognition of equal opportunities".
"It's a historic ruling," she added, "because it helps us
understand that we could never have overcome the inequalities
and the homophobia that still carry so much weight in our
society until it is the very law itself that, by discriminating,
justifies them".
In a five-four ruling, US Supreme Court justices rejected a
federal law that defined marriage as legal only when it is
between a man and a woman.
The court said that the law, known as the Defence of
Marriage Act (DOMA), was unconstitutional, as it violated the
Fifth Amendment that defends individual freedom.
The decision, which means married gay men and women are
entitled to the same federal benefits as straight married
couples, is seen as an historic victory for the gay community in
the US.
The ruling does not affect the bans on same-sex marriage in
30 US states.
The Supreme Court followed the decision by declining to
decide a case on California's ban on same-sex marriage known as
Proposition 8.
Since the court said circumstances made it powerless to
decide, a court victory for two same-sex couples who had tried
to marry was untouched.
The decisions also had their detractors in Italy, such as
Maurizio Sacconi, a Senator from ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's
center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party.
"Many people who don't even want to import Coca-Cola from
the US now want to adopt marriage for all," he posted on
Twitter.
"I drink Coca-Cola, but I refuse the US's death penalty and
its gay marriage".

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