Italy High Court: Calling Someone ‘A Homosexual’ Isn’t Offensive

Italy High Court: Calling Someone ‘A Homosexual’ Isn’t Offensive

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“The term ‘homosexual’ used by the defendant has not retained in the current historical context the intrinsically offensive meaning that perhaps could have been attributed to it in a not even too distant past,” the Italian Court of Cassation has ruled, responding to a libel case in which a man sought compensation for being called gay.

In the European nation, it’s officially no longer offensive on its face to call someone a homosexual.

Judges deemed that the term is “neutral” and thereby not harmful to one’s reputation.

The fine that the Defendant had been forced to pay by a lower court has been annulled by the high court.

Despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church, Italy earlier this year legalized same-sex civil unions, though the Church was able to prevent gay adoption from being legalized.

 

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