Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Controversial homophobia bill set to be discussed in House

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Rome, July 23 - The floor of Italy's Lower House is
set to start debating a controversial bill that will make
homophobia a criminal offence if it is approved.
The bill was given the green light late in Friday by a
parliamentary commission with the votes of Premier Enrico
Letta's centre-left Democratic Party (PD), ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party and the left-wing SEL
group.
But several Catholic figures within the centre-right PdL
are unhappy about the bill, fearing it could curtain freedom of
speech and opinion. The Catholic Church considers homosexuality
a sin.
So there is a possibility that the bill's passage through
parliament after it reaches the floor of the House Friday could
be blocked by a long series of amendments presented by
opponents.
Some senior PdL figures at the weekend suggested the
government impose on "moratorium" on legislation on ethical
measures, including the homophobia bill, although this was not
backed by all of the party.
Relations with Parliament Minister Dario Franceschini
rejected the idea too.
"A law to fight homophobia has nothing to do with ethical
issues," said Franceschini, a PD member.
"It regards the criminal code and the introduction of
effective measures, which it has taken too long to approve.
"These are urgent and cannot be delayed any longer".
Letta's government is based on a fragile alliance between
the PD and the PdL, two parties who were long-standing bitter
rivals until they decided to work together to end two months of
deadlock in April after February's inconclusive general
election.

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