Activists: Vatican is ‘meddling’ in Italy’s LGBT rights law
The Vatican has formally opposed a proposed italian law expanding anti-discrimination protections to the lGBT community, a leading italian newspaper reported June 22. Activists immediately denounced the move as “unprecedented” Vatican meddling in italy’s legislative process.
The Vatican foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher,
sent a letter last week to the italian ambassador to the Holy See saying the proposed law violates italy’s diplomatic agreement with the Vatican and seeking changes, the Milan-based daily Corriere della Sera reported.
According to Corriere, the Vatican’s objections include parts of the law that would require schools as well as Catholic schools to organize activities on a day designated nationally to fight homophobia and transphobia.
The proposed law adds women and people who are gay, transgender or have disabilities to the classes of those protected under a law banning discrimination and punishing hate crimes. it was approved by the lower house last november, but remains stalled in a Senate commission by objections from italy’s right wing.