Italian Mayor Is Proposing To Ban Gay Couples From Kissing In Public


This week, the Italian mayor of Borgosesia, Gianluca Buonanno, made his feelings about public displays of affection between gay couples absolutely clear. Not only does he believe it is “morally harmful,” but he wants to ban it in his municipality.

In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Buonanno said:

“Kissing in public between homosexuals? No thanks. I don’t like two people of the same sex making public displays of affection. It’s a question of respect. And I’m convinced that it’s also morally harmful for children.” [source]

La Repubblica also reported that the new ordinance being proposed by Buonanno would fine gay couples found guilty of sharing a kiss on the streets of Borgosesia up to 500 euros.

Additionally, Buonanno revealed to the Italian newspaper that he intents to put a photo of anti-gay Russian President Vladimir Putin in his office. As Pink News notes, Buonanno has a “reputation for inane stunts.”

For example, Buonanno was expelled from Parliament earlier this year for waving around a sea bass he had stored under his bench – using the fish to protest a bill for the decriminalization of undocumented immigration.

Unsurprisingly, many have found Buonanno’s latest same-sex PDA comments offensive and disappointing. European Parliament member Daniele Viotti said:

“The new decree is just the latest, pathetic publicity stunt by a narrow-minded man who desperately wants to be in the spotlight. Mr Buonanno is only able to give a voice to all the worst values that, unfortunately, are still circulating in Europe. As always, he is focusing his political frustrations on citizens who are more vulnerable to discrimination. It would be an interesting psychological exercise to ask why Mr Buonanno is so obsessed with homosexuality.[source]