Italy's Justice Commission of the lower chamber of the parliament has approved the first draft of a new law protecting gay people from hate crimes.
The bill, which proposes to extend the Italian anti-discrimination law to violence and crimes motivated by homophobia, will now be discussed and voted by the whole parliament from 22 July.
Ivan Scalfarotto, an openly gay member of parliament from Partito Democratico, proposed the bill.
‘This is a good example of good policies. We have done a great job,' he said.