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ROME (AFP) - A top Italian official on Saturday called an Ikea advertisement with two gay men holding hands "in bad taste", invoking the ire of opposition parties and rights groups.

"I find it serious and in bad taste that a Swedish multinational comes to Italy to tell Italians what they should think," Secretary of State for family policy Carlo Giovanardi said in a television interview.

The Swedish furniture giant's advertisement shows two men with a shopping bag, holding hands, and the words: "We are open to all families".

"I think that many clients of Ikea will not find this pleasant," said Giovanardi.

While Ikea was free to address itself to whom it pleases, the term family as used in the advertisement "is in direct opposition to our constitution which says that family is founded on a marriage", he added.

Gay rights activist Aurelio Mancuso said Giovanardi's statements were "dangerous and aggressive and risk fueling the climate of homophobia that drives violence and insults against gays, lesbians and transsexuals."

Lawmaker and gay activist Franco Grillini pointed out that: "in the rest of Europe, they have adopted laws that recognise all forms of family", while fellow MP Ignazio Marino mocked Giovanardi for "launching a crusade against an advertisement".

Italy does not recognise homosexual marriage or civil union, and has no law against homophobia.

Last Updated (Monday, 25 April 2011 07:12)

 

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#16 2011-05-05 11:34
A shame for Italians. I would like to put the blame on the minister but the problem are the Italians themselves who tolerate this situation, vote for such governments and justify gay bashing of any form... Of course there are Italians who condemn such statements but they unfortunately are a forgotten minority.
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#15 2011-05-04 17:17
One thing the article doesn't mention - where was the ad published? Was it in general publication, or in a publication targeted at an LGBTQ audience?
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#14 2011-05-04 12:05
I too have to apologise for my fellow countrymen. It's about time Italy joined the 21st Century.

I also left the country to live in america and get away from the people like perzo and the other intolerant religious centric narrow minded peasents.

without dout the worst country in europe for anything or anybody that is different.
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#13 2011-05-04 12:03
I too have to apologise for my fellow countrymen. It's about time Italy joined the 21st Century.

I also left the country to live in america and get away from the people like perzo and the other intolerant religious centric narrow minded peasents.

without dout the worst country in europe for anything or anybody that is different.
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#12 2011-05-04 12:02
I too have to apologise for my fellow countrymen. It's about time Italy joined the 21st Century.

I also left the country to live in america and get away from the people like perzo and the other intolerant religious centric narrow minded peasents.

without dout the worst country in europe for anything or anybody that is different.
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#11 2011-05-02 12:26
@perzo. Families come in many different forms:There are many straight married couples who can not reproduce that would consider themselves as a family. A single parent who raises his or her three kids still represents a family. Being straight , married and able to reproduce are not prerequisites in order 2 qualify as a family. Due to your religious bias you might be inclined to think otherwise. My husband and I are in the process of adopting kids that your "real families" kicked to the curb.
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#10 2011-04-28 21:02
@Jayson, That's the piont. Family is a group formed by a marriage between man and woman. Gays co-living in form of one household is not a family. Real family is reproductive and the whole society will continue to exist, nation will survive in long term. Gays are not reproductive, that means society will disappear from a pages of history. But I agree with you on poin that "Ikea as a company can make ads as they wish"...and those who don't like it can just boycott their shops. Fare enought.
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#9 2011-04-28 19:13
@Perzo, the status quo according to whom? Some church? Some one who can not see that families come in many different forms? Ikea as a company can make ads as they wish, showing they value all types of people. Would you be mad if it showed a single mom and a kid? Single Dad? A mixed race couple? A Blended Family? Life is diverse and wonderous, embrace it.
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#8 2011-04-28 17:03
And who in Italy IS going to tell Italians what they should think? The Vatican? Might be time to join the 21st century...
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#7 2011-04-28 16:54
I am straight. I always want to shop where all are welcome.
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