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Extremist Group In Italy Draws Inspiration From Mussolini In Gay-Marriage Fight

In Italy, the far-right group Forza Nuova has launched an anti-same-sex-marriage campaign that critics say rings of Mussolini’s fascistic tactics.

In August, the LGBT rights group Arcigay was in Ortona in the Abruzzo region gathering signatures for a marriage-equality petition. Forza Nuova (New Force) responded by posting posters, murals and leaflets that read “Italy needs boys and girls, not homosexuals.”

“We think that homosexuality is an illness. And that it is disgusting,” declared Marco Forconi, a spokesman for Forza Nuova, which also advocates for draconian anti-immigration laws. “But our is a reaction against the proposal of gay marriage—not against homosexuality in itself. We are not homophobic, but we think that being gay or lesbian is not normal.”

Not homophobic but think being gay is abnormal. Are we losing something in the translation?

Abruzzo’s local LGBT association, Jonathan, responded in a press release, stating ‘This is like Fascism and it recalls Mussolini’s call for more sons and daughters… We are asking the better Italy to react and to understand that LGBT people’s rights are everyone’s rights.’

 h/t: Gay Star News