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The part that I certainly defend is the author of the Zan bill: Alessandro Zan, a forty-seven-year-old Paduan, activist of the LGBT movement, deputy of the Democratic Party, elected in Veneto, where it is easier to be homosexual than to the left.
Zan is a moderate and respectable colleague, and I have known him since he was not a deputy. It was the year 2009, I was the Christian Democrat minister of the Berlusconi government, so I was marked by two stigmata: DC and Berlusconi, an ogre for the people of the left. At that time together with Brunetta we tried to put down two lines of the law to give some rights to cohabiting couples, including homosexual ones.
We had never done it: a Cardinal asked Berlusconi to resign, the center-right denied us, the left itself mumbled some pretext and helped the government to dismiss the case as the unscrupulous of two ministers in search of visibility. The gay movement itself was chilly, with the exception of two gentlemen: one, in fact, was Zan, a municipal councilor of Padua, an activist committed to gay rights; the other was the secretary of the arcigay, Professor Aurelio Mancuso. The rest of the constitutional arc ignored us beautifully. As a good Christian Democrat I do not forget, and therefore I am an admirer of Zan.
But I am skeptical of your bill, I confess. It seems to me that it reflects the spirit of the legislator of our time, quick to fabricate laws and crimes, as long as they cost nothing and satisfy an electoral audience. We have fabricated new and singular crimes: the trafficking of influences, the exchange vote, even femicide, as if the sex of the victim were a characterizing element of the crime. And now let’s go on with the homophobic crimes.
I am perplexed, not by the subject, but by the method: the pan-criminal behavior does not convince me, it seems to me the habit of a ruling class that signs referendums against the magistrates but produces tons of laws suitable for amplifying their powers to excess.
Having said that, this bill by Alessandro Zan achieves a symbolic value: filing it seems a lack of regard for the thousands of homosexuals, especially young people, victims of injustices every day in schools, in the workplace, in places of entertainment, in social gatherings. This is why the Zan bill must be recovered, corrected and approved.
The crucial point is the protection of the right to represent a lifestyle opposed to the more sexually open one: which does not only concern the condemnation of homosexuality, but also of marital infidelity, premarital relationships, pornography. Let us not forget that the sexual morality of some religions, starting with the Catholic one, is not limited to censoring homosexual relationships, but also heterosexual ones outside of marriage and the reproductive project.
Big sticks? Yes, sir, perhaps the majority of Catholics and even priests consider those who think this way are bigots. But bigots also have their rights, including the right to declaim their beliefs without risking jail.
I think that the real compromise on the Zan bill must be found on this point: to ensure the rights of freedom also to the bigots. Religion has nothing to do with it, but the rule of law and the liberal principles on which it is founded.
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