Gay Russians promised safe haven in northern Italy

Published: October 16, 2013

An Italian regional assembly has passed a resolution to protect and host Russian gay refugees escaping from their country because of the new anti-gay laws. The left-wing Emilia Romagna assembly has voted the bill thanks to the Partito Democratico and Italia dei Valori (Italy of Values) parties. Now the region, one of the most gay-friendly in Italy, will accept Russian LGBT people wanting to change their lives. Some parties, however, voted against the resolution. Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s party, PDL, and secessionist movement Lega Nord refused to sign the document – and the language they used is an echo of political hatred in Russia itself. Regional councillor from PDL Enrico Aimi said: ‘The Russian law is aimed at protecting the children. Now Russian gay couples can not adopt children, but this is not allowed in Italy as well. So why are we complaining about Russia?’ Lega Nord councillor Roberto Corradi added: ‘In Emilia Romagna the gay lobbyists want to say what is good and what is evil. 

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