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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
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
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
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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Rainbow Christmas lights in memory of gay teen spark controversy in Italy

| Sunday, December 8, 2013
ROME, Italy -- The rainbow-themed Christmas lights that were illuminated Friday on Rome's main shopping street have sparked controversy in the Italian capital city.

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Critics slam Italy’s proposed anti-homophobia law as ‘useless’

| Saturday, September 21, 2013
ROME, Italy -- An anti-homophobia bill approved by Italy’s lower Chamber of Deputies (Parliament) on Thursday has been criticized as having loopholes that will continue allow anti-gay hate speech to go unpunished.

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