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July 28, 2011

IconItaly rejects LGBT discrimination bill

The lower house of Italy’s parliament has rejected legislation designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from discrimination and hate crime.

The Chamber of Deputies – dominated by Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative coalition – voted 293 to 250 against the bill.

The vote “wasted an opportunity”, said Amnesty International. “In addition to passing the right laws, authorities and politicians should set the example,” added Amnesty’s Nicola Duckworth.

“They should promote equality and non-discrimination and refrain from and condemn derogatory and discriminatory remarks that foster a climate of intolerance.”

Paolo Patane of Italian gay rights group Arcigay suggested that his organisation might approach the European Union to “help us face this extremely dangerous rise in homophobia, xenophobia, and racism that the Italian Parliament has decided to legitimize”.

Italy recently supported the accreditation of international rights organisation IGLA at the United Nations, but grants few domestic rights to its own LGBT citizens. Individuals in gay relationships are barred from adoption and marriage.

The country already bans discrimination on the grounds of nationality, religion, ethnicity and race.

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Ruth Pearce

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July 28, 2012