Berlusconi says he supports gay marriage, Italian LGBT groups are sceptical

Gay Star News
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January 8, 2013
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‘Action, not words’ demand Italian LGBT groups of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi after he promised same-sex marriage if he wins the country's next general election. Last Monday Berlusconi said: ‘I’m in favor of granting legal status to couples who live together, including gays, if there is a majority that makes it possible to change the civil code’. But Italy’s gay groups are expressing concern and ‘disillusion’. Fabrizio Marrazzo, Gay Center’s leader, said: 'The three governments Berlusconi led between 1994 and 2011 did nothing for LGBT people. Concrete proposals are certainly necessary.' Leading LGBT association Arcigay’s president Flavio Romani said: 'I have legitimate suspicions about such a sudden change of course. Berlusconi should put his pledge in black and white.' Enrico Oliari, president of a right-wing LGBT association, welcomed Berlusconi’s remarks: ‘Berlusconi’s opening-up over the recognition of gay couples is a piece of news you cannot fail to take account of.’