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Italy: Waiter Writes 'Faggots' On Gay Customers' Receipt

Four gay men in Italy were handed a restaurant bill which had “I warn you they’re faggots” printed on it, reports Brindidi Oggi.it.

The insult - "mi raccomando so ricchioni" - was inserted on the itemized bill between the pizzas and drinks. Faggot written on bill in Italy

"Ricchioni" is a derogatory term meaning "queer" or "faggot."

Speaking to Brindisioggi.it , one of the men said that he would never return to the restaurant in Taranto, Puglia again despite the waiter having been sacked.

"We went to the owner of the restaurant to ask for an explanation. He was speechless and apologized on behalf of the waiter. The next day he contacted us to apologize again and to say that the waiter had been dismissed. But we will not be back in that place again."

Earlier this year, a gay couple were told not to come back when leaving a restaurant in Pittsburgh. A waitress at Big Earl's Restaurant in the Iron City told Collin Dewberry and his partner Kelly Williams “we don't serve fags here.”


Italian Mayor Gianluca Buonanno Wants To Ban Gay Kissing And PDA

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Well this is bound to go over well and not incite any sort of backlash: Mayor Gianluca Buonanno of Borgosesia and Italian MP for the Northern League has proposed penalizing any forms of homosexual public displays of affection, such as kissing, with a €500 fine. Said Buonanno (rough translation):

Gay kisses in public? No thanks. Not only. From today in my Mayor and MEP offices there will be a photo of Putin. I don't like that two people of the same-sex exchanges public displays of affection. It's a matter of respect. And I am convinced that is morally harmful for children.

Hiding behind vague conditions of "respect" and protecting children? Sounds Putin-esque, for sure.

Buonanno apparently has a reputation for showboating, such as arriving at the European Parliament in a burqa, using a bass as a prop, blowing soap bubbles, and shredding the European Union flag to use as a handkerchief. In other words, he's not such a deep thinker and is more of a hyperventilating grandstander of the Peter LaBarbera/Todd Starnes/Matt Barber variety.


Zac Efron Backflips Off A Boat: VIDEO

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As Zac’s Italian vacation with Michelle Rodriguez and ‘businessman’ Gianlucha Vacchi continues, Zac seems to be getting up to more choreographed antics. But this time, instead of dancing, or rather, wiggling on a table, he is attempting a perfectly synchronized backflip off of a yacht with pal Vacchi.  

Enjoy as Efron makes a splash, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The Fight For Marriage Equality In Italy: VIDEO

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The close proximity of Vatican City to the Italian parliament may help to explain why Italy is the only country in Western Europe that provides no legal recognition of same-sex couples, reports Buzzfeed.

However, that situation may be about to change.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis suggested that a time might come when the church would drop its opposition to some form of civil partnership.

In the interview with Corriere della Sera, the pope said that although “marriage is between a man and a woman...we have to look at the different cases and evaluate them in their variety.” 6a00d8341c730253ef019aff7cea6f970b-300wi

Speaking to Buzzfeed last week, Monsignor Marcel Sánchez Sorondo said while the Catholic Church is against marriage equality, legislation that differentiates between marriage and civil partnerships might be acceptable.

According to a 2013 Pew survey, 74% of Italians said they believed “homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society.” A 2013 Ipsos poll found that 48% of Italians supported full same-sex marriage rights while 31% opposed marriage rights but supported an alternative form of partnership recognition.

Naples recently became the first large city in Italy to start recognizing overseas same-sex marriages after a lower court ordered officials in Grosseto to record an overseas marriage, reports Buzzfeed. However, some LGBT activists worry that the ruling may be no more than symbolic because a Supreme Court order issued last month ordered the annulment of a same-sex marriage. The Constitutional Court later ruled the forced annulment violated the rights of the couple in question. The court also ruled that the marriage remains invalid until the Italian government passes a law recognizing same-sex unions.

However, according to Dina Nerozzi, a psychologist and lay adviser to the Pontifical Council for the Family, marriage equality cannot happen:

“People will fight for that. I mean fight — [we] will take weapons out.”

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Silvio Berlusconi Comes Out In Support of Gay Rights

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly changing his stance on LGBT rights, according to La Repubblica, one of Italy’s left of center newspapers:

“The [fight] for civil rights for homosexuals is a fight that in a truly modern and democratic country should be everyone's responsibility,” Berlusconi said, translated here by The Local. "As a liberal, I believe that through a broad and in-depth debate we can reach a reasonable objective for justice and civilization.”

Berlusconi’s new position on Italy’s queer population comes on the heels of Francesca Pascale, his girlfriend, and Vittorio Feltri, a prominent journalist at Il Giornale, a Berlusconi family-owned newspaper, joining Arcigay, Italy’s largest LGBT rights organization.


Zac Efron ‘Wiggles’ To Jason DeRulo In Italy: VIDEO

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While vacationing in Italy over the weekend, the actor took some time to show off some choreographed moves to Jason DeRulo’s song “Wiggle,” providing a glimpse of what a Zac Efron Footloose might have looked like. Efron also made sure to spend some much needed time away from his shirt while lounging on a dock.

Watch Efron wiggle, AFTER THE JUMP…

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