Category Archives: civil union


Mara Carfagna is Minister for Equal Opportunities in Berlusconi’s new cabinet. This poster comes from an earlier incarnation as calendar fodder and, oddly, wasn’t used to promote her campaign during the recent elections. Possibly because Italian voters aren’t actually allowed … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? The same old cop-out

Forget PACS (What do you mean, you already have?) Forget DICO (Eat more fish!). The latest acronym to tantalise and tease us, as Dame Shirley Bassey might have put it, is CUS. It stands for Contratto di Unione Solidale (Solid … Continue reading

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A question of numbers

According to its promoters, the Family Day demonstration a few weeks ago, designed to fight government proposals for recognition of civil unions, attracted a million people. That’s more or less one sixtieth of the population and enough, says Paola Binetti, … Continue reading

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Naughty Fausto!

The Families Association Forum is frothing at the mouth about the fact that Italy’s Speaker at the House of Deputies, Fausto Bertinotti, friend of Castro, Carlos and, er, the Dalai Lama and just back from a rejuvenating spiritual break on … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Family Day

Last Saturday, over a million people (I’m quoting the organisers’ possibly over-generous estimate) gathered in Piazza San Giovanni, Rome, to assist the Vatican hierarchy in its dirty war against civil union legislation and, indirectly, the centre-left government. On the same … Continue reading

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Family Day: countdown

A few years ago, holier-than-thou British programmes like Eurotrash revelled in the excesses of Italian television. Remember the strip-tease housewives? The super-camp fortune tellers? The surgically enhanced tits and bums of showgirls and B-list actresses newsreaders and members of parliament? … Continue reading

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Bagnasco: Shame!

When does a comment become a threat? Apparently, when it’s directed at the head of the Italian Episcopal Council. God’s ferret stepped down a couple of months ago, to be replaced by Archbishop Bagnasco of Genoa. This would be of … Continue reading

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Roy Zimmerman: Defenders of Marriage

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A clique of sex-obsessed old men in the Vatican continues its offensive against civil union legislation (read DICO) by stigmatising the demonstration last Saturday in Piazza Farnese as carnivalesque, hysterical, a masquerade and so on. As one who was there, … Continue reading

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DICO day: impressions

The day after, there’s the usual war of numbers: 20,000 according to the police, 80,000 for the organisers; La Repubblica‘s settled on 50,000. Whoever may be right (and I’d go with La Repubblica), Piazza Farnese was jammed with adults, children, … Continue reading

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