This week Giuseppe Ripa, deputy mayor of Lecce, Italy, attacked Nichi Vendola, the openly gay governor of Apulia, in a posting on Facebook.
As the Herald Sun reports:
In nature, there exist only two types human beings: the man and the woman,” [Ripa] wrote.
The rest were psychiatric cases apt for psychoanalytic treatment, said Ripa, a member of Silvio Berlsuconi’s People of Freedom party.
In his January 8 post, Ripa also called Vendola, a member of the liberal Democratic Party and a former LGBT activist, “abnormal.”
Y’know there’s something awful lame about spewing vile attacks on Facebook. It’s like standing behind your dad while you tease the neighbor’s kid.
Lecce’s mayor (a.k.a. Ripa’s boss) Paolo Perrone quickly condemned the comments.
I like to practice politics by debating with my adversaries on the issues, not on the sexual preferences of this or that person, which are a matter of one’s private life,” he wrote in his own Facebook posting.
We’re still not fans of laws infringing the freedom of speech, though—how about just making sure Ripa doesn’t get re-elected?