Italian minister sacked for anti-gay remark

May 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM

ROME, May 4 (UPI) -- Italy's equal opportunity minister was sacked after she told reporters gays should stop "ghettoizing" themselves.

Michela Biancofiore, a junior minister in Italy's new left-right coalition government, made the comment while saying gay rights groups should do more about other societal issues, the BBC said.

"For once, I would like to see gay associations, instead of 'ghettoizing' themselves ... say something to condemn the recent spate of killings of women (in Italy). All they do is defend their own interests," she said.

The dust-up comes at a bad time for the fledgling government. Inconclusive election results led to two months of political gridlock before the coalition government -- made up of members of opposing parties who now have to work together -- tries to made headway on a number of issues.

Biancofiore was transferred to the civil service bureau after being relieved of her ministerial duties.

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