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Former Italian premier promotes legalizing same-sex civil unions in Italy

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Silvio Berlusconi
ROME -- Silvio Berlusconi is pushing for the legalization of civil unions between gays in Italy, but not same-sex marriage. In Rome, where politicians are sensitive to Vatican policy, the leader of Italy's largest center-right party told reporters Thursday that allowing civil unions by gays would be the "right compromise" between freedom for all and...

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Rome mayor registers 16 gay marriages in open defiance of Italy’s government

Saturday, October 18, 2014
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ROME -- The gay marriage debate arrived within walking distance of the Vatican on Saturday as Rome's mayor registered 16 gay marriages celebrated abroad in open defiance of Italy's government. Gay marriage is illegal in Italy. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano recently sent a notice to local prefects saying any registrations of gay marriages ...

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Italian mayor wants to ban public kissing between same-sex couples

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Gianluca Buonanno
The mayor of the town of Borgosesia in northern Italy, says he wants to ban public displays of affection between members of the same-sex. Gianluca Buonanno, a member of the Italian parliament for the right-wing Northern League party, has proposed that same-sex couples who kiss in public be fined 500 Euros (about $680 USD).

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Former Italian Prime Minister comes out in support of LGBT rights

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Silvio Berlusconi
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi made a rare public statement Sunday indicating his support of LGBT rights, according to Italian media reports. “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, according to La Repubblica.

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Gay son comes out over pasta in Italy’s first LGBT-friendly TV commercial

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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A frozen food company in Italy has produced what is believed to be the first gay-friendly television commercial in the European country often entrenched in homophobia. In the commercial from Findus Foods, a man named Luca and his mother bond over microwaved pasta cooked by Luca’s boyfriend.

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Italian court orders town to recognize gay couple married abroad

Thursday, April 10, 2014
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ROME, Italy -- An Italian court has ordered a town to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple who married in the United States.

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Gay rights activist wearing rainbow outfit, headdress arrested at Olympic Park

Monday, February 17, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia -- An Italian activist shouting "It's OK to be gay" and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game.

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Russia: Activist and former Italian lawmaker was never detained in Sochi

Monday, February 17, 2014
Vladimir Luxuria
SOCHI, Russia - Italian gay rights activist Vladimir Luxuria said she was detained by police at the Olympics after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag that read in Russian: "Gay is OK." Police on Monday denied this happened, and the owner of Sochi's gay club said she was at his club that evening "enjoying" herself.

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Former Italian lawmaker briefly detained in Sochi for displaying ‘Gay is OK’ banner

Sunday, February 16, 2014
Vladimir Luxuria
SOCHI, Russia -- A transgender activist and former member of the Italian Parliament was arrested and briefly detained by Russian authorities in Sochi after she reportedly held up a banner that read “Gay is OK,” according to the leader of an Italian gay rights group.

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Senior IOC member criticizes U.S. choice of gay athletes for Sochi delegation

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Dominic Favre, Keystone (AP)Mario Pescante
ROME -- A senior Italian member of the International Olympic Committee criticized the United States on Wednesday for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month's Sochi Olympics.

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