Gay Civil Unions a Flop in Italy

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by Juliana Freitag  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 15, 2017   

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"There's nothing else to say: it's definitely a flop." This was the introductory sentence to an article from liberal Italian newspaper La Repubblica when reporting on the scarce number of homosexual civil unions ever since the law came into force nearly a year ago. 
 
The author states that the low numbers are "surprising," especially considering "the extremely hard battle ... to approve this law. This is undoubtedly the most divisive law of the legislature."
 
The gay civil unions law caters to a tiny fraction of the population whose demands are based solely on its deviant behavior. 
This might come as a surprise to La Repubblica, which supported the legalization of homosexual civil unions during the entire campaign, but it is simple common sense to the ordinary folk. The creation of legislation mimicking a millennial institution based on natural law has become a legal right, an obligation that tramples on a nation's sovereignty — all to cater to a tiny fraction of the population whose demands are based solely on its deviant behavior. 
 
 
 
It's a small portion of the population but an incredibly powerful lobby. As soon as La Repubblica published its analysis of the official numbers (2,802 civil unions in almost a year, far from being a "civil rights emergency"), Monica Cirinnà, the senator who sponsored the law, declared, "I am astonished to read that an important newspaper affirmed that 2,800 unions are a flop. ... They are, in a country where the cases of homophobia are not isolated, a sign of courage from people who went out there and reaffirmed they are citizens with full rights." She continued, "Secondly, these numbers are consistent with all the data from other great European countries." 
 
Indeed they are. This year Switzerland celebrated 10 years of homosexual civil unions. The first year saw 2,004 partnerships, 900 were signed in the next two, and the number has stabilized at 600–700 a year since then. At 700 gay civil unions a year, this is a law customized for 0.015 percent of the Swiss population. In 2015, the number of homosexual couples who decided to end their partnership was a record 184, an equivalent of 26 percent of the total of civil unions signed each year. The figures speak for themselves: It's nothing but a temporary whim disguised as a social emergency, aiming at nothing but the destruction of the fundamental pillars of society. 
 
With regard to the general accusation of "homophobia," which these days could include simply stating publicly that a homosexual civil union is not a marriage, the latest survey from the Pew Research Center reveals that 74 percent of Italians accept homosexuality. The Ministry of Internal Affairs' Department of Public Security, established in 2010, disclosed that from 2010–13 it has consistently received about 30 complaints a year concerning anti-gay discrimination — 30 complaints total from an entire country. As usual, the numbers have been inflated, together with the victims' "feelings." 
 
As for being citizens with full rights, homosexual couples have always been protected by the law. That has been confirmed by many jurists throughout the years, ever since the first attempt to legalize homosexual unions in Italy in 2007. Last year, while the bill was still being discussed in Congress, 587 jurists made an appeal confirming that gay couples were not deprived of any constitutional rights, and which also expressed great concern for how the bill was written, as it made civil unions practically equal to marriage: "In a moment of such serious demographic crisis ... we hope for legislation ... that promotes the family and favors maternity, and therefore puts aside bills like this one, which is hostile to the person's dignity."
 
The State has elevated homosexuality to a juridical good, mortally striking the institution of marriage.
 
Catholic daily La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana had already predicted the flop back in January, when the number of homosexual couples legally bound by law numbered 1,000. Senator Monica Cirinnà had said in an interview that she received "hundreds of letters from young people. For them the important thing was to conquer a right! Then they'll decide if and when to celebrate their civil union." 
 
"The important thing has always been about symbolism, to affirm that marriage binds two people of the same sex in the same way it binds two people of the opposite sex," the newspaper commented. "It doesn't matter if anybody will ever use this law; the fundamental aspect lies in the fact that the State has elevated homosexuality to a juridical good, mortally striking the institution of marriage." 
 

 

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Juliana Freitag

Juliana Freitag is Church Militant's Italian correspondent.