LGBT advocates take to the streets as Italian Senate prepares to debate civil union-type bill

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Photo of protest in Rome from The Daily Beast

Just days before the Italian Senate is set to begin debate over legislation that would grant legal recognition to same-sex couples, LGBT advocates took to the streets across the country to call on lawmakers to approve the bill.

Italy is the only major Western European country that doesn’t already have some sort of legal protections in place for same-sex couples, and last June, the European Court of Human Rights determined Italy to be in “breach of human rights” because of that. The court specifically cited adoption, shared pension benefits, and tax breaks as key rights that are missing, as The Daily Beast notes.

Thursday, Jan. 28, the Senate will begin examining The Cirinna Law — called that because it was introduced by Sen. Monica Cirinna — which is the first bill offering protections for same-sex couples.

The bill would give same-sex couples to option commit themselves to one another before a state official, to take each other’s names and, in certain circumstances, adopt each other’s children and inherit each other’s residual pension rights.

The Cirinna bill carefully avoids talk of “marriage,” which the Italian constitutional court has ruled may exist only between “natural” heterosexual couples. Instead it allows same-sex couples the right to be recognized the same way non-married straight couples are, as a “social formation” or life-long partnership that isn’t bound by a marriage certificate, the way France has done with its civil solidarity pacts for more than 15 years

On Saturday, Jan. 23, advocates marched in support of the legislation. Protests were planned for 90 towns and cities across the country under the slogan, “Wake up Italy! It’s time to be civil,” according to The Local.com.

According to Italian media, there were at least 7,000 demonstrators in Turin, 5,000 in Milan, thousands in Rome and Bologna, a thousand in Bari in the south, and hundreds in Naples and Venice among others.

Considering that Italy — and Rome, especially — is the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, opposition is, of course, strong. Opponents of the Cirinna bill are planning a demonstration on Jan. 30 at the Circus Maximus. Hundreds of thousands are expected to attend the “Family Day” gathering under the rallying cry of “Defend of children.”

Angelo Bagnasco, the chair of the Italian conference of bishops, has denounced the whole debate as a “grave and irresponsible distraction from the real problems of the country.” And in what many saw as papal intervention in the debate, Pope Francis on Friday, Jan. 22, ruled out any form of union except Catholic marriage.

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Edie Windsor loses to the Pope

Time coverGay rights hero Edie Windsor placed third in Time magazine’s Person of the Year ranking. Pope Francis was given the honor. Edward Snowden was listed as No. 2.

During the past year, the new pope has tried to dial down the anti-gay rhetoric.

He said the church has become “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and contraception. He has tried to shift the church’s focus to the poor and oppressed.

“If a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge,” the Pope said.

His position on same-sex marriage, however, didn’t change the church’s stance.

“The teaching of the church … is clear,” he said.

In it’s announcement, Time called Windsor “the unlikely activist.”

“In her ninth decade, she started a judicial odyssey, fighting a battle she never expected to wage — let alone win,” Time wrote. “Now she’s the matriarch of the gay-rights movement.”

For many in the LGBT community, however, Windsor has had a more immediate and personal affect.

Anti-gay Sen. Ted Cruz came in at No. 5 as “the barn burner.”

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World leaders, same-sex kisses and awkwardness: Benetton’s new ad campaign

Benetton is never one to shy away from edgy ad campaigns. They seem to beg for controversy as opposed to pushing their fashion items. And in their newest “Unhate” campaign, they pretty much go all the way.

Huffington Post’s Gay Voices posted these pictures from Benetton where Obama is puckering up to Hugo Chavez and the Pope gets a mouth-to-mouth smooch from Egypt’s Imam Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb. The article ponders on Benetton’s attempt at becoming a fashion player again, but the ads refer to its Unhate Foundation as opposed to any outerwear collections for the winter. You can still find that stuff here.

I’m not really sure what this will do for the company, but it’s fabulously risky and so much fun to look at the pics.

—  Rich Lopez

Report – Pope Benedict: Pedophilia Was ‘Fully In Conformity With Man And Even With Children’


Pope graphic by Mike Tidmus

David Badash over at The New Civil Rights Movement delivers this shocking moment of disgusting candor from the head of the pedophile priest protection racket. Via The Belfast Telegraph:

“Pope Benedict XVI also claimed that child pornography was increasingly considered “normal” by society.

“In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said.

“It was maintained – even within the realm of Catholic theology – that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a ‘better than’ and a ‘worse than’. Nothing is good or bad in itself.”

…”But outraged Dublin victim Andrew Madden last night insisted that child abuse was not considered normal in the company he kept.

“Mr Madden accused the Pope of not knowing that child pornography was the viewing of images of children being sexually abused, and should be named as such.

David:

It’s important to remember that this is the Pope who has declared that laws which legalize same-sex marriage “contribute to the weakening of the principles of natural law,” and to “confusion about society’s values,” and claimed that same-sex marriage “attacks” the “endangered species” that is mankind. Even befo

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Video: Pope approves man-on-man erections



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Pope: ‘Sexuality Has An Intrinsic Meaning…Which Is not Homosexual’

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The Pope, who earlier this week clarified his new stance on condom use, has a new book out called "Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times." Not surprisingly, the book, which is formated as a series of interviews, is full of some of the same anti-gay views we've heard from him in the past:

The interviewer, German journalist Peter Seewald, asked the pope whether the church's teaching that homosexuals deserve respect isn't contradicted by its position that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered."

The pope answered: "No. It is one thing to say that they are human beings with their problems and their joys, that as human beings they deserve respect, even though they have this inclination, and must not be discriminated against because of it."

"At the same time, though, sexuality has an intrinsic meaning and direction, which is not homosexual," he said. "The meaning and direction of sexuality is to bring about the union of man and woman and, in this way, to give humanity posterity, children, a future."

The pope said the church needs to hold firm on this point, "even if it is not pleasing to our age."

He said it was still an open question whether homosexual inclinations are innate or arise early in life. In any case, he said, if these are strong inclinations, it represents "a great trial" for the homosexual.

"But this does not mean that homosexuality thereby becomes morally right. Rather, it remains contrary to the essence of what God originally willed," he said.

Meanwhile, some HIV workers have welcomed the Pope's recent views on condoms saying "It's long overdue because people are dying and the Church has a responsibility to step up and take care of its people."


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Pope Benedict: Even If God Did Make You Gay, You Still Should Not Be Gay

In another excerpt from his coming book/interview, Pope Benedict says that he doesn’t know if people are born gay or not. But even if God did make you this way, you shouldn’t BE this way. Or something.

He said it was still an open question whether homosexual inclinations are innate or arise early in life. In any case, he said, if these are strong inclinations, it represents “a great trial” for the homosexual. “But this does not mean that homosexuality thereby becomes morally right. Rather, it remains contrary to the essence of what God originally willed,” he said.

Remember, God doesn’t make mistakes. But if he DOES make mistakes, that’s your problem to deal with. Benedict also says there’s no inherent contradiction in calling homosexuals “intrinsically disordered” and still offering them respect. Got that? Yes, you are a mentally ill freak. But we mean that in the nicest way.

Joe. My. God.

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Pope: Condoms OK For Male Prostitutes

POPE BENEDICT 201004 X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMIn a striking exception to Catholic Church teaching, Pope Benedict XVI said that he could understand the justification for condoms in some instances, such as for male prostitutes to prevent HIV infections, where contraception is not a concern.
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Pope OKs Condom Use For Male Hookers

In a bizarre interview with a German journalist, Emperor Palpatine has decreed for the first time that the usage of condoms is now sanctioned by the Catholic Church in “certain circumstances.” The “for example” he uses? Male hookers!

To illustrate his apparent shift in position, Benedict offered the example of a male prostitute using a condom. “There may be justified individual cases, for example when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be … a first bit of responsibility, to re-develop the understanding that not everything is permitted and that one may not do everything one wishes,” Benedict was quoted as saying. “But it is not the proper way to deal with the horror of HIV infection.” Benedict reiterated that condom use alone would not solve the problem of HIV/AIDS. “More must happen,” he said. Becoming simply fixated on the issue of condoms makes sexuality more banal and exactly this is the reason why so many people no longer find sexuality to be an expression of their love, but a type of self-administered drug.”

The interview will be published in book form and will be translated into 18 languages.

Joe. My. God.

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Pope: Condoms OK To Use ‘In Certain Cases’ – For Male Prostitutes

This unexpected news comes today via excerpts form a new book to be published by Pope Benedict.

The BBC reports:

6a00d8341c730253ef011168fdaff7970c-800wiHe said condoms could reduce the risk of infection with HIV, such as for a prostitute, in a series of interviews he gave to a German journalist.

The Vatican newspaper ran excerpts on Saturday.

The comments appear to soften the Roman Catholic Church's hardline stance, which until now had banned the use of any form of contraception.

When asked whether the Catholic Church is "fundamentally against the use of condoms", the Pope is said to have replied, in the book entitled Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times:

"It of course does not see it as a real and moral solution.

"In certain cases, where the intention is to reduce the risk of infection, it can nevertheless be a first step on the way to another, more humane sexuality," he said.

In which "certain cases" does he refer to? The Pope uses male protitution as an example of when people should use condoms.

This new belief goes very much against what the Pope said just last year about condoms being used to in the battle against AIDS. At the time he said, "You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, it increases the problem."


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