Draghi Defies Vatican's Reservations On LGBT Anti-Hate Law, Says Italy 'Is Secular State'
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Thu 24th June 2021 | 01:00 AM
ROME (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 24th June, 2021) Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Wednesday responded to the Vatican's complaint against the anti-homophobia draft law, which aims to protect the LGBT community, saying that the country's parliament has the right to freely discuss and pass laws as a secular state.
"The principle of secularity ... does not imply the indifference of the State to religions but rather a guarantee of State protection of the freedom of religion, in a regime of confessional and cultural pluralism," the prime minister read out a clause from the Italian Constitutional Court's judgment of 1989.
The Holy See, in turn, believes that the law violates the Lateran Pacts, which regulate relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Italian state. In the letter to the Italian government, the Vatican has also asked to amend the provisions of the bill, as it jeopardizes the civil liberties of Catholic believers.