Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Italy: anti-homophobia law depleted of meaning

The new anti-discrimination law passed on September 19th was amended so it lost almost any meaning. The original bill was meant to dissuade and repress homophobia and transphobia but the provisions against discrimination will not apply, after the amendment, to "organizations in the fields of politics, unions, culture, health care, education, religion or cults". 

In other words: if you are a private citizen devoid of any affiliation you can be persecuted by acts of homophobia but, if you belong to any institution, be it political, religious or even public services, you will get away. 

It just makes no sense whatsoever. 

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