Saturday, May 20, 2023

Trudeau calls out Italy on LGBT rights during meeting with Meloni at G7 summit

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called out the Italian government's stance on LGBT rights during a bilateral meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni at the G7 Leaders' Summit in Hiroshima, Japan.

“Obviously, Canada is concerned about some of the positions that Italy is taking in terms of LGBT rights,” Trudeau told Meloni at the start of the meeting. But I look forward to talking with you about that.”

The comments were made at the start of the meeting, prior to media being ushered out of the room.

In March, gay rights activists denounced as homophobic moves by Meloni's far-right-led government to limit recognition of parental rights to the biological parent only in families with same-sex parents. In a move that would impact hundreds of families, the government told the city of Milan to stop automatically recording both parents in same-sex couples on city registers.

Italy legalised same-sex civil unions in 2016 under a centre-left government. However, stiff resistance from Catholic and conservative groups meant that the law stopped short of granting adoption rights to same-sex couples as well.

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