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Italian Premier Backed By Vatican Says Marriage Equality Up To Parliament

MontiRather than falling in line behind his anti-gay political backers at the Vatican, Italian Premier Mario Monti told Sky TG24 TV today that he thinks marriage equality should be decided by Parliament, not him or any outside force.

[Monti] says gay rights issues — including gay marriage —should be decided by Parliament, not his government if he wins.

Monti told Sky TG24 TV on Sunday that issues involving personal dignity are more important that economic reforms.

But he stressed that his coalition forces, which include pro-Vatican centrists, came together to work on the more "urgent" task of achieving economic growth in recession-mired Italy.

He says the new Parliament will have a greater role than the government in dealing with gay rights.

Though he didn't say whether he supports same-sex marriage, the fact that Monti didn't claim gay marriage would destroy civilization, as perpetually paranoid pal Pope Benedict does, is notable enough.

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  1. He sounds like someone who ran on a platform of "It's the economy, stupid" and is planning to stick to it.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 6, 2013 12:44:53 PM

  2. Actually it sounds like he wants it both ways, saying that personal dignity is more important than (not "that") economic reform but that economic reform is crucial. It's typical political doublespeak.

    He also seems to be forgetting that parliament is actually part of government.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 6, 2013 1:18:56 PM

  3. While he may be right, at the moment in Italy, they REALLY need that economy reformed!! Sounds like he may be using this as a way to dodge the tough questions that REALLY need answering.

    Posted by: Isaak | Jan 6, 2013 1:41:22 PM

  4. This was in yesterday's Towleroad news and bears repeating everytime the Pope is mentioned. Please sign in (easy to do) and sign this petition:

    Posted by: castaway | Jan 6, 2013 2:30:37 PM

  5. For what it's worth, Sky TG24 is owned by Rupert Murdoch.

    Posted by: EdA | Jan 7, 2013 3:07:39 AM

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