Italy minister on hunger strike for gay civil unions


ROME: A junior minister in the Italian government has gone on hunger strike in a protest aimed at speeding up moves to introduce civil unions for gay couples. Ivan Scalfarotto, 49, said in his blog he was aiming to force discussion of the issue into the mainstream and rally the support of “all those people of good faith who have been thinking up until now that it was enough just to wait.” Italy stands alone amongst major Western Europe states in having no provisions for the official recognition of homosexual couples. Draft legislation that would authorize civil unions for them is currently blocked in the Senate. Scalfarotto said he would continue not eating until there was “certainty on the date when this grave violation of human rights will end.”



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