Berlusconi says he supports gay marriage, Italian LGBT groups are sceptical

The former prime minister says he's in favor of same-sex marriage and he will introduce it if he wins the next general election, but gay groups doubt his words will be followed by action

Berlusconi says he supports gay marriage, Italian LGBT groups are sceptical
07 January 2013

‘Action, not words’ demand Italian LGBT groups of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi after he promised same-sex marriage if he wins the country’s next general election.

Last Monday Berlusconi said:

‘I’m in favor of granting legal status to couples who live together, including gays, if there is a majority that makes it possible to change the civil code’.

But Italy’s gay groups are expressing concern and ‘disillusion’.

Fabrizio Marrazzo, Gay Center’s leader, said: ‘The three governments Berlusconi led between 1994 and 2011 did nothing for LGBT people. Concrete proposals are certainly necessary.’

Leading LGBT association Arcigay’s president Flavio Romani said: ‘I have legitimate suspicions about such a sudden change of course. Berlusconi should put his pledge in black and white.’

Enrico Oliari, president of a right-wing LGBT association, welcomed Berlusconi’s remarks: ‘Berlusconi’s opening-up over the recognition of gay couples is a piece of news you cannot fail to take account of.’

Berlusconi, who is facing a trial in Milan for allegedly having had sex with an underage prostitute, said in 2010: ‘It’s better to like pretty women than being gay.’

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