Setback For Same-Sex Parenting In Meloni’s Italy

The right-wing coalition in power in Italy has come out against a European regulation aimed at facilitating the recognition of homoparental families. Thus placing itself on the side of the countries most reluctant to recognize LGBT + rights.

No question of being imposed “the concept of family” by Brussels, defended on March 15 on Twitter Matteo Salvini, leader of the League (far right) and Deputy Prime Minister of Italy. The day before, the European Affairs Committee in the Senate voted a resolution against a regulation proposed by the European executive, which would oblige EU countries to recognize a parentage established in another Member State. Even for homoparental families.

For the right-wing coalition in power, this text encroaches on national prerogatives. With this resolution, Italy stands alongside the most restrictive countries on the rights of LGBT + people, such as Hungary and Poland.

According to Eugenia Roccella, Minister of the Family, the goal is to fight against surrogacy, prohibited in Italy, like medically assisted procreation for lesbian couples. Recognizing the parentage of a child conceived in this way abroad would encourage this practice, she says.

Nearly 150,000 Homoparental Families

In Italy, therefore, there is no law on the recognition of same-sex parents. Cases usually end up in court. In December 2022, the Court of Cassation ruled that “non-biological” parents had to apply for adoption to have their parenthood recognized. For a child born in Italy, it falls to the one who does not give birth. Consequence: Monday, March 13, the executive banned their registration in the civil registry of Milan, one of the few cities that did so.

Elly Schlein, secretary of the Democratic Party (left), denounces a right that attacks children. While Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Fratelli d’Italia party (extreme right), defends the “traditional” family. Children are entitled to the best: a dad and a mom, she said in March to the magazine Grazia. According to the Famiglie Arcobaleno association, there are 150,000 homoparental families in Italy. And Giorgia Meloni will have to make up for it, concludes President Alessia Crocini.

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