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Same-sex parenting is not normal, says Meloni’s assistant from Italy

ROME (Reuters) – Same-sex parenting is not normal, suggested a senior member of the far-right party that is expected to win Italy’s election on Sunday, shedding new light on its socially conservative agenda.

The comments by Federico Mollicone, culture spokesman for Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy (FdI), sparked outrage from political opponents and on social media, as Meloni appears poised to become Italy’s first female prime minister. Italy.

Speaking in a television interview with San Marino’s Rtv on Thursday night, Mollicone revived criticism he had previously expressed about an episode of the popular children’s cartoon “Peppa Pig” that featured a polar bear with two mothers.

“It’s a very serious problem,” Mollicone said. “As long as the Italian State does not legislate on these couples, presenting them as something absolutely normal is wrong, because it is not.”

He went on to say that “in Italy homosexual couples are not legal, they are not allowed”, even though the country legalized same-sex civil unions in 2016 with a reform that the FdI opposed in parliament.

At political rallies, Meloni has fiercely denounced what she calls “gender ideology” and “LGBT lobbying.”

Following criticism of his comments, Mollicone clarified Friday that he was referring only to gay couples who adopt. He insisted that his party now supports civil unions and “is against all discrimination.”

Two weeks ago she caused a stir when she said the “Peppa Pig” episode with lesbian polar bears, first broadcast in Britain, should not be broadcast in Italy to avoid “gender indoctrination”.

He defended that position in the San Marino interview, saying “you tell me if 4-year-olds … can process complex concepts like same-sex adoptions, understand them and see them presented as absolutely natural.”

His comments were outbid by his rivals in Sunday’s vote.

“Mollicone gives us a preview of what an FdI-run Italy could look like: a state that denies rights and hopes to regulate love,” the Democratic Party, Italy’s main center-left force, tweeted.

During the campaign, Meloni has repeatedly denied suggestions that he might roll back legislation on abortion or gay rights, while reaffirming his opposition to adoptions and surrogacy for LGBT couples.

(Reporting by Alvise Armellini; additional reporting by Rodolfo Fabbri; editing by Gavin Jones and Jonathan Oatis)

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