Italy’s Bologna Pride march stomps on photos of Orbán, Salvini, and Pope Francis

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Attendants of Sunday’s Pride parade in Bologna in northern Italy stomped on pictures of Pope Francis, League party leader Matteo Salvini and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

The event was not conflict-free in Italy, because at the same time as the Pride march, Christian organizations also took to the streets because of the forthcoming law on gay and transphobia, which critics fear is an attack on freedom of expression and religion, Hungarian news and opinion portal Mandiner reports.

Earlier, both feminist and lesbian organizations expressed reservations about left-wing parties’ anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia bills, while the right-wing League proposed amending the law to exclude any gender reference in it. Matteo Salvini’s League party said it was working on a compromise solution by rewriting the left-wing Democratic Party (PD) bill. The bill seeks to amend the part of the Penal Code relating to discrimination.

Exclusion on the grounds of racial, ethnic or religious origin will be expanded to discrimination on the grounds of biological sex, gender, sexual orientation and physical and mental disability. In the case of the latter, incitement to discrimination or discrimination is punishable by up to one and a half years in prison and a fine of up to €6,000 euros.

The Vatican is making a push against the bill, which has led to accusations of “meddling” by left-wing news outlets like Euronews. At the same time, much of Western Europe has actively “meddled” against Hungary’s new law child protection law banning LGBT content and content promoting changing one’s gender from being shown in schools in Hungary. Euro

The new law also places a strong emphasis on indoctrinating children

The left is initiating the introduction of a “national day” for victims of discrimination and violence based on gender and sexual orientation. According to a note sent from the Holy See to the Italian Government, the current form of the bill violates the agreement between Italy and the Vatican City State in several respects, namely because they do not exempt Catholic schools from holding the LGBTQI Day.

According to the legal interpretation of the Holy See, the bill undermines the freedom of the church and the freedom of opinion of  believers, as the latter may have criminal consequences.

Title image: Bologna Pride on Sunday, June 27. (source: HírTV still caption) 

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