This made me angry!
Thanks advocate.com and several other sources
Anti-LGBT groups and the Catholic Church have organized a massive rally taking place in Rome today against the civil unions bill under consideration in Parliament.
The gays were compared to Nazis in Italy
The day began with Anonymous hacking the website of the group organizing the protest, replacing their banner with a “Love Is Love” message
An enormous crowd turned out Saturday at Rome’s Circus Maximus for “Family Day,” where a proposed civil unions bill was denounced and LGBT families were condemned.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is hoping to push through a civil unions bill and finally offer legal recognition to same-sex couples. Italy is the only Western European nation to offer no protections for such couples, and the nation is under pressure to take action by the European Court of Human Rights.
But the Catholic Church’s hold over daily Italian ife remains strong and many Italians want the legislation killed. Opponents to the bill turned up Saturday by the thousands, bused in from all over the nation, according to the Los Angeles Times. Some of the protest signs went far beyond opposition to civil unions, with one placard reading, “Say no the Gaystapo.”
As is common for battles over LGBT rights, “Think of the children” concerns were trotted out. Renzi’s bill includes a very contentious clause that would allow gay and bi people to legally adopt their partner’s biological children.
Last week LGBT groups and allies staged pro-civil unions rallies in dozens of Italian cities. Authorities in Rome say they are prepared for a crowd as large as 500,000 today.
The senate is expected to vote on the bill in mid-February before it goes to the lower house of parliament. The Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) said on Friday it was concerned about the “process under way of putting marriage and civil unions on the same level – with the introduction of an alternative to the family”. Last week, Pope Francis reiterated the Catholic church’s opposition to gay marriage, saying that the traditional family was “the family God wants”.