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Europe' Smallest Countries: - THE VATICAN

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« Reply #75 on: December 05, 2008, 11:45:57 am »


Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has tried to defuse the polemics, saying the Vatican's stance should be ''interpreted in the right spirit''.

The Vatican, he told the House on Wednesday, was worried about legitimising same-sex unions.

''Italy strongly supports the principle that no homosexual should be sanctioned or imprisoned. But it would be a serious mistake to draw the conclusion that this stance should lead to the international legitimization of family relations between homosexuals,'' Frattini told the House.

The legislation on same-sex unions is clearly a national issue and cannot be subject to international rules, he stressed.

The editor-in-chief of the Communist Refoundation daily Liberazione, Piero Sansonetti, has urged Italians to boycott the Vatican, guilty in his view of ''siding with scribes and pharisees''.

He said participants at the sit-in should go ''wearing a pink oufit like the star gays were forced to wear in concentration camps''.

In an article on Thursday, Liberazione urged Italians not to devote part of their taxes to the Catholic Church when they present their tax returns in 2009.

Provisions allow Italians, if they so wish, to allot eight percent of their taxes to a religious organisation.

Arcigay President Aurelio Mancuso has said the Catholic Church's decision to oppose the French proposal amounted to ''a sort of real death sentence against the millions of gays and lesbians who unfortunately live in bloodthirsty countries''.

At least 86 countries ban gays and many others approve torture and imprisonment, said Mancuso, recalling that seven Islamic-led nations foresee the death penalty.

He said these are Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Nigeria and Mauritania.

France said that it was presenting the resolution - as part of a wider campaign to promote the declaration of the universal rights of man - while holding the European Union duty presidency, which expires on December 31.
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