Catholics divided as draft anti-homophobia law nears final showdown

ROME – As Italian lawmakers debate whether to pass a controversial anti-homophobia bill which has met unprecedented criticism from the Vatican, Catholics are divided on the issue, with some saying a new law is desperately needed and others claiming it would only cause more problems. Speaking to Crux, Vittorio Bellavite of Catholic pro-LGBTQ+ organization Noi Siamo Chiesa said a new law such as the so-called “Ddl Zan” is desperately needed, “because concretely in practice, the violent interventions against homosexuals are unfortunately frequent.” “Every day the papers report it,” he said, insisting that currently there is no norm in Italian law banning discrimination specifically on the basis of sexual orientation, and because of this, “a specific norm which targets those who use violence and hostility against homosexuals” is required.

Catholics divided as draft anti-homophobia law nears final showdown

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