Italian politicians lock lips for LGBT rights

Huffington Post Gay Voices

Five Star Movement (M5S) politicians, currently the most powerful political party in Italy, staged a kissing protest this week during a parliamentary debate over an anti-discrimination bill that would extend protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens. M5S politicians interrupted the debate on Thursday by standing simultaneously in a display of solidarity while kissing and hugging one another. Other members of the political party reportedly stood holding signs that called for “more rights” for LGBT individuals.

LGBT activist groups in Italy are reportedly unhappy with the bill itself, as it “intends to penalize homophobia and transphobia but still protects the ‘opinions expressed within political, cultural or religious organizations,’ allowing groups to continue making homophobic comments.”

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