January 17, 2013

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has said he opposes same-sex marriage and adoption, wading into an increasingly fraught debate in the home of Roman Catholicism a month before an election in which he is seeking a second term. "My thought is that the family should be made up of one man and one woman, and I consider it necessary that children should grow up with a mother and a father," Monti told a television interviewer late on Wednesday. "Parliament can find other solutions for other kinds of unions and cohabitations." It was the first time the former economics professor has made a social issue part of his campaign. Appointed as an non-political technocrat to replace Silvio Berlusconi 14 months ago and save the country from a Greek-style debt crisis that threatened the euro, Monti had previously confined himself to addressing economic issues including Italy's high unemployment and recession.