Lombardy rejects ‘gay marriage’ and gender propaganda in schools
MILAN – The Regional Council of Lombardy, which includes the city of Milan, has voted to approve a motion protecting “the natural family” and rejecting the imposition of “gender ideology” in schools.
The Lombardy region is the most populated and economically prosperous in Italy.
Motion 263 explicitly states that marriage is only between one man and one woman, establishes an annual celebration of the Day of the Natural Family for the region, and calls on the Regional Council to introduce the “Family Factor” as a criterion in determining taxes to “support active and passive income of Lombard families.”
Simone Pillon, head of the National Council Of Families Forum, called the motion “a decisive and forceful move to tell the world that Italy is not following this dictatorship of the LGBT lobby.”
“The fight against unfair discrimination cannot be translated into incitement to homosexuality,” Pillon said. “The text of the motion makes explicit reference to the many abuses perpetrated by the gay lobbies in the past few months.”
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The motion states that “the family founded on marriage between a man and a woman is the natural institution, open to the transmission of life and is the only appropriate context in which can be met the needs of children.” It accepts “in extreme cases” adoption and single parent custody.
The motion quotes the third paragraph of article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, saying, “The family is the natural and fundamental unit of society, and as such has a right to protection by society and the State.”
“Much more than a mere juridical, social and economic [institution],” the motion continues, the family is “a community of affection and solidarity to teach and transmit cultural, ethical, social, spiritual and religious values, essential for the development and welfare of its members and society.” It is also the “place where different generations come together and help one another to grow in wisdom and to harmonize the rights of individuals with other demands of social life.”
Educational and government institutions must provide parents with “genuine freedom in the choice of school for their children, without being forced to support, directly or indirectly, extra charges which would deny or restrict in fact this freedom,” it adds.
The motion denounced the “increasing cases of open propaganda against the natural family, especially in the academic world, with projection of gay movies and sitcoms,” and materials disseminated by the government’s National Anti-Discrimination Bureau (UNAR).
The UNAR has worked closely with homosexualist organizations to bring in national programs promoting homosexuality to school children and attempting to force teachers and journalists to participate. Such has been the controversy over these efforts from parents rights groups that some members of the Italian Parliament have launched a legislative attempt to have them declared unconstitutional.
“It is legitimate and understandable that schools be taught not to discriminate against gays or other minorities, but this does not necessarily result in the imposition of a model of society that provides for the elimination of the natural differences between the sexes,” the Lombardy motion continued.
The motion was supported by a consortium of conservative and pro-family groups, including Jurists for Life, the Family Association Forum, Manif pour Tous, and the Standing Sentinels. It was brought before the council by Massimiliano Romeo of the Northern League, the country’s leading nationalist party.
Gianfranco Amato, president of Jurists for Life, said in a media release, “It is a brave document,” and one that is “light years away” from the “usual hypocrisy” that has governed policy elsewhere in Italy. Jurists for Life, he said, helped to formulate the wording that defends “the constitutional formula” of marriage, “that of a natural society founded on marriage between a man and a woman.”
But the Lombardy motion, he added, goes further. It “rejects and condemns any attempt to introduce gender and homosexual ideology into schools.” It condemns by name the document “Standard for sex education in Europe” from the World Health Organization, and seeks a commitment from the national government to stop its implementation in Italian schools. The WHO document called for sex education for all children from birth, including information on masturbation, contraception, abortion, and homosexuality.
Pillon issued a warning to the recently-elected Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, who has promised homosexualist activists a bill to legalize same-sex civil unions by September.
“The alarm bell is ringing for Renzi who has committed to have gay marriage legally recognized in our country,” Pillon said. “In France, Hollande was heavily punished in the last election, after introducing some sort of LGBT libertinism.”
“Italians are generally tolerant, patient, far from any desire for discrimination, but they are not stupid,” Pillon continued. “Campaigning in order to convert young people to a gay life-style or deliberately deprive children of a father or mother by imposing on them two parents of the same sex, is unacceptable. Milan has understood it. When will Rome?”