Italian PM rejects Vatican complaint over anti-homophobia bill

In response to a formal protest from the Holy See to the draft of an anti-homophobia law on grounds of religious freedom, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi Wednesday evening said Italy is a secular state and as such, can decide on its own whether a proposed legislation is constitutional. Speaking to members of the Senate’s upper chamber during a scheduled June 23 address, Draghi said that Italy “is a lay state, a lay state, so it’s not a confessional state,” meaning that the Italian parliament “is free” and able to deliberate, discuss, and draw its own conclusions. “Our laws have all of the guarantees to ensure that laws always respect constitutional principles and international commitments, among which is the Concordat with the Church,” he said, referring to the 1929 Lateran Pacts, which established the Vatican City State as a sovereign entity and regulate relations between the Holy See and Italy.

Italian PM rejects Vatican complaint over anti-homophobia bill

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