Pier Ferdinando Casini says that 'on same-sex marriage we can not follow Europe, because they gave voice to movements campaigning for pedophilia'
Pier Ferdinando Casini, leader of one of Italy’s main political parties, UDC, has compared same-sex marriage to pedophilia.
UDC, Unione Democratici di Centro is a Catholic party and is the successor to the old Democrazia Cristiana, which ruled in Italy for decades until the 1990s.
Speaking on national radio, Casini said: ‘On gay marriage we can not follow Europe. Some northern countries have given voice to movements campaigning for pedophilia.
‘I have a lot of gay friends and I know that they need some rights. But we can not allow same-sex marriage, this sacred moment is possible only between a man and a woman.’
Casini’s words on pedophilia are raising concercs among Italian LGBT activists and politicians from the left.
LGBT activist and politician Franco Grillini told Gay Star News: ‘Casini is obsessed by gay marriage, I think he dreams of it at night.
‘No one in Europe has ever legalized pedophilia. Casini is saying something that is not true.’
Fabrizio Marrazzo, Gay Center’s spokesman, said: ‘Pedophilia is more common among straight people. Casini should recognize this is not a gay issue.’