All around the globe, May is proving to be an historic month for LGBT rights. In Italy, the Italia dei Valori (Italy of Values) party announced Tuesday that it would push for marriage equality. This is the first time an Italian political party has ever endorsed same-sex marriage.
Gay Star News reports that the IDV party has taken its position in part due to President Obama’s recent public endorsement of same-sex marriage.
“Our party has been the first in Italy to follow US president Barack Obama. We invite other Italian parties to support gay marriage. You don’t have to be shy, you have to say yes,” said Antonio Di Pietro, the party’s leader.
“Italian politicians must share Obama’s vision. It’s not true that our constitution does not allow same-sex marriage and some sentences of the Italian High Court have given gay and lesbian couples new rights.”
ARGIGAY, an Italian LGBT rights group, praised the announcement. “This is finally a cultural revolution; for the first time an Italian political party avoids ambiguity and recognizes the social value of LGBT people’s feelings and needs,” Paolo Patane, the group’s president, told Gay Star News.
Added Patane, “This is also the first time an Italian politician says that LGBT and straight people are fully equal in their rights.”
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