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Italian politicians protest anti-gay laws with a kiss fest

All you need is love… and a few breath mints.
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Chiara O. Scuri, September 26, 2013 6:24:20 AM

We still have a long way to go before the LGBT community gets to enjoy the freedom, rights and acceptance they deserve. But sadly, some cultures are even further behind than others.

Italy has never been considered a bastion of tolerance, and their gay rights record is no exception.

That hasn’t stopped groups from organizing protests in an attempt to change the laws. Right now, same-sex couples in Italy are barred from being able to share inheritance, property and social security.

To mouth their displeasure, members of Italy’s M5S party staged a “kiss protest” during a session in parliament.

Group leader Silvia Giordano addressed the crowd first with these wise words: “Mr. President (of the House of Deputies), beyond the thousands of excuses and quibbles, we’re talking here of matters of the heart, of feelings, of emotions. Because a kiss and a hug have not and will never hurt anyone. In fact, they are part of what contributes most to making us human. We want to make that clear. And so we’re going to pull back the veil and to demonstrate that there is truly nothing to be afraid of. And we, Mr. President, are not afraid.”

When she finished, the rest of her fellow M5S deputies took action in a very powerful way. Watch the video to see what happens next.

Can you imagine revolutions powered by love? Anything is possible.


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