Italian Government Party Wants Public Broadcaster to Promote the "Natural Family"

With a small amendment included in a policy document concerning the Italian public broadcaster, the ruling party Forza Italia hopes to significantly limit the visibility of LGBT+ individuals. If the amendment is accepted, Radiotelevisione Italiana (Rai) would be tasked with promoting "natural families."
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The amendment was proposed by five parliamentarians from Forza Italia, a party founded by Silvio Berlusconi. The text of the amendment states that Rai should commit to "a positive portrayal of family bonds according to the family model outlined in Article 29 of the Constitution." This article refers to the provision stating that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.

The Italian opinion magazine l'Espresso compares this amendment to the policies of the Hungarian government and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "The proposal worryingly follows the 2013 law introduced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which prohibits the 'propaganda of non-traditional relationships,'" the magazine notes. It also mentions that Prime Minister Meloni has strong ties to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Forza Italia's proposal aligns with the current policies of the Meloni government in Italy. The Italian prime minister explicitly opposes surrogacy, same-sex marriage, and children being raised by two parents of the same gender. Since the Meloni government came into power, LGBT+ couples with children have received letters stating that the non-biological parent would be removed from the child's birth certificate. Members of Meloni's party have referred to surrogacy as "selfish renting of a womb."

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