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Dozens of Italian Lawmakers Stage Kissing Protest in Parliament for Gay Rights: VIDEO

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Dozens of Five Star Movement (M5S) politicians stood up in Italian parliament yesterday and began hugging and kissing during a debate over an anti-homophobia bill, The Local reports:

The bill was passed on Thursday by the lower house and aims to see a 1993 anti-discrimination law extended to crimes motivated by homophobia or transphobia. A total of 354 politicians voted in favour of the bill and 79 against, La Repubblica reported.

The parliamentary debate was interrupted when dozens of M5S politicians stood in unison and began kissing and hugging each other. Fellow politicians from Beppe Grillo’s party held signs that called for “more rights” for gay people.

While the bill has now been passed by the lower house, Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom (PdL) party said it would fall in the Senate vote, La Repubblica reported.

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  1. It seems inevitable that gay marriage is the next step in Italy. What will the Pope say? Is he going to contradict himself regarding what he said recently that it is not the Church's
    role to meddle in these matters.

    Posted by: simon | Sep 20, 2013 2:04:01 PM

  2. For those who don't speak Italian, the woman is saying that same sex relations don't affect anyone else. That same sex kissing and hugging are completely harmless and that there's nothing to be afraid of. She then says that they will demonstrate that no one can be harmed by same sex affection. That's when a bunch of them either kiss or hug, while some of them hold up signs that read, at least in part, "Don't judge." Then the guy on the microphone asks them politely to put away the signs when they're done kissing.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Sep 20, 2013 2:07:14 PM

  3. @Seattle Mike, thanks for the translation.

    Posted by: Carlie | Sep 20, 2013 3:00:15 PM

  4. I hope the go forward once and for all, the problem is this those backward Berlusconi's party and the like. I don't think that if ever Italy approves equality marriage the Pope will meddle (at least not that much), he knows better from his own country.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Sep 20, 2013 4:07:45 PM

  5. very Italian, it's the make-out capital of the world

    Posted by: gomez | Sep 20, 2013 4:16:34 PM

  6. THIS picture is awesome on sooo many levels.

    Posted by: Jeremy | Sep 20, 2013 6:52:47 PM

  7. Wow. How amazing is this?! Incredible.

    Posted by: Collin | Sep 20, 2013 6:53:06 PM

  8. LGBT, we are a family and this makes me so proud of my LGBT family all throughout the world

    Posted by: frutionstand | Sep 20, 2013 6:53:36 PM

  9. Keep up the amazing fight for our LGBT brothers & sisters abroad.

    Posted by: Javier | Sep 20, 2013 6:54:11 PM

  10. Italians. Now what was that old crowbar joke?

    Posted by: Tim | Sep 21, 2013 1:01:02 AM

  11. Italians. Now what was that old crowbar joke?

    Posted by: Tim | Sep 21, 2013 1:01:02 AM

  12. Unfortunately, the Italian lower house has approved (and sent to the Senate) an anti-homophobia bill that is extremely homophobic and pro-discrimination.
    Every LGBT organization in Italy is outraged, angry and in revolt. The Five Star Movement politicians kissing each other were protesting against a part of the bill that authorizes (!) hate speech and discrimination against gay people and every other minority in schools, hospitals, churches, political parties and cultural organizations.
    Here is the anger of Arcigay, the largest italian LGBT rights organization:
    Here is the anger of Mario Mieli, an important LGBT organization in Rome:

    The problem in Italy is not just Berlusconi and his right-wing party... It's that EVERY major party is homophobic and always ready to obey to the Vatican lobby. Always. And this pro-homophobia law is the latest example of what this tragic situation means for italian gays, lesbians and trans people.

    Posted by: Luke | Sep 21, 2013 6:34:29 PM

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