Almost half of Italians want same-sex marriage

Istituto Nazionale di Statistica released its first national survey on homosexuality in the Mediterranean country

Almost half of Italians want same-sex marriage
17 May 2012

More than half of Italians think that same-sex couples should have more rights, but only 43% believe that they should have the right to marry.

The Italian Istituto Nazionale di Statistica (national institute of statistics) released its first survey on homosexuality in the Mediterranean country, in Rome this morning (17 May).

More than one million Italians describe themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and two million revealed to have had a same-sex relationship or experience.

‘La popolazione omosessuale nella società italiana’ (The homosexual population in Italian society) is the name of the first national survey, which has been presented at Montecitorio Palace, the seat of the lower Italian parliamentary chamber.

PD party leader Pier Luigi Bersani said: ‘Now it’s time for a law against homophobia. No one should have to face discrimination for his/her sexuality.’

But the survey also revealed that only 20% of the interviewees support adoption by gay and lesbian people and that 42% of Italians don’t want a gay teacher in primary schools.

More than 28% of Italians don’t want a gay or lesbian doctor and 25% don’t think that a gay politician is a good one.

And 53% of gay and lesbian Italians admitted discrimination in their lives, in workplaces, schools, universities or by civil servants.

But those surveyed said they are against discrimination – 73% of Italians are against gay hate and want a law fighting homophobia. 

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Meldrum to spend Christmas in coma

Molly Meldrum remains in serious yet stable condition in induced coma over Christmas
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Man arrested over murder of gay Scotsman in Brighton

Police appeal for information over death of 'kind and caring man' who moved to Brighton for a new life
No thumbnail available

As America cleans up its anti-gay language, what words should we use?

Words like ‘homo’ and ‘maricones’ are now frowned on but even ‘gay’ and ‘homophobia’ have been debated by some
No thumbnail available

James Franco takes another gay role

Oscar nominee to play photographer Robert Mapplethorpe
No thumbnail available

Russian lawmaker threatens to set up group to ‘protect’ people from LGBTs

A Russian lawmaker who has proposed legislation allowing LGBTs to be whipped has said he will establish a group to defend the public against ‘attacks’ by gay people
No thumbnail available

Kelly Clarkson: 'I don't care if my daughter is gay, I just want her to find love'

Heartbeat Song says the fact that people still hate gay people 'blows' her mind
No thumbnail available

Over 20,000 march in Belfast for marriage equality

Northern Ireland is the last part of the UK which has not yet legalised gay marriage
Oklahoma shooting competition promises rainbow flags as targets

Oklahoma shooting competition promises rainbow flags as targets

'Many gay men and women in the state feel as if we walk around as targets'
No thumbnail available

New superhero show The Flash will feature two gay characters

New show will star Glee actor Grant Gustin as the superfast superhero in the spin-off of Arrow