facebook
twitter
search
search

Italy's lower house mulls homophobia bill

July 23, 2013 at 8:16 AM

ROME, July 23 (UPI) -- Italy's lower house of Parliament began debating Tuesday a bill that would make homophobia a criminal offense, officials said.

The bill was approved Monday by a parliamentary commission that included the votes of Prime Minister Enrico Letta's center-left Democratic Party, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party and the left-wing SEL party, ANSA reported.

Critics of the bill -- including many Catholics in Berlusconi's party -- said the bill, if passed, would put too many restrictions on freedom of speech and opinion. The bill could be blocked by a series of amendments, ANSA said.

Some senior People of Freedom Party members suggested a moratorium on legislation on ethical issues, such as the homophobia bill.

"A law to fight homophobia has nothing to do with ethical issues," said Relations with Parliament Minister Dario Franceschini, a Democratic Party 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."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
North Korean diplomats sending their children to mental hospitals
Catholic Church in Norway ordered to pay $5.1 million for fraud
Report: North Korea executed over 1,300 people
Shark bite confirmed off North Carolina shore
Ex-Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening seeks forgiveness from God