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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, May 29, 2015

Gay marriage is not blasphemous

The Irish people's yes to gay marriage has been condemned by the Vatican. However fortunately Western democracies are based on the principle of secularity, Michele Ainis, an expert on constitutional law, writes in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera, making the case for the legal recognition of gay partnerships in Italy: "What does marriage mean? For the state it's a contract, for the Church it's a sacrament. This is at the core of the conflict between civil and religious authorities over gay marriage after the referendum in Ireland. … Gays don't insult either God or the state; all they want is the same rights heterosexual couples enjoy. This may annoy some people. And this is where the administration of justice comes in: laws serve to counter offensive behaviour. But the offence in question must be of an objective nature that curtails our freedom. This is not the case. And Italy, too, will have to concede this."

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