Vatican clings to flat-world view of homosexuality

As Britain moves to legalise gay marriage, Italian gays find themselves dealing with a rather less accommodating reality.

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In Italy last week, gay politician Nichi Vendola, leader of the SEL party in the centre-left coalition, complained that such was the climate of homophobia in the capital city that he preferred not to go out alone at night in Rome.

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Just to underline his point, some enlightened person sprayed the message, “Resign, you queer” on the wall of a Roman high school, the Liceo Tacito, early in the week. Many in the school believe the insult was directed at 15-year-old “Giovanni” who was elected class representative last November.

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