Hundreds of people demonstrated in Milan to protest against the initiatives of the ultra-conservative Italian government to restrict the rights of gay parents.
Hundreds of people demonstrated today in Milan to protest against the initiatives of the ultra-conservative Italian government led by Giorgia Meloni to restrict the rights of gay parents.
The city of Milan was allowing the registration of children of gay couples born abroad, through surrogacy, prohibited in Italy, or by medically assisted procreation, but this week the city’s mayor, Giuseppe Sala, (center left) said he had received from the Ministry of the Interior an indication to stop doing so, since it is up to the court to decide.
“It is a step backwards from the political and social point of view,” considered the mayor.
Today’s demonstration took place in La Scala square, near the Milan City Hall, and was called by different LGBT rights organizations who see this decision as “discrimination”.
The union of same-sex couples was legalized in Italy in 2016, but without allowing the right to adopt. Decisions about children are decided by courts on a case-by-case basis, but local authorities took the initiative, as in Milan, to act unilaterally.
Elly Schlein, recently elected to the leadership of the center-left Democratic Party, was one of the figures present at the rally.
Since coming to power in 2022, the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, has accentuated the discourse in defense of traditional family values.
“Yes to natural families, no to the LGBT ‘lobby’!” he declared before coming to power as the leader of a right-wing coalition.