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Legal protection 'inadequate for homosexual discrimination'

Senate Speaker says state must take action

Legal protection 'inadequate for homosexual discrimination'

(see related) Rome, May 17 - Juridical protection for same-sex couples in Italy is "disproportionate" to the level of discrimination that homosexual pairs face, Senate Speaker Pietro Grasso said on Friday. "Parliament will have to learn how to effectively deal with these social dynamics with clarity," Grasso, the country's former national chief anti-Mafia prosecutor, said. "The state must take action, not only for recognition, but also for the protection of homosexuals' rights," Grasso said. "It may be a politically controversial theme, but one with which the institutions will have to deal," he said. Grasso was speaking on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), set up in 2004 to mark the day in 1990 when homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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