Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti Opposes Gay Marriage
For the first time since taking over Silvio Berlusconi 14 months ago, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti talked about social issues, voicing his opposition to legalizing gay marriage in the European peninsula.
"My thought is that the family should be made up of one man and one woman, and I consider it necessary that children should grow up with a mother and a father," Monti told a television interviewer late on Jan. 16, according to Reuters.
"Parliament can find other solutions for other kinds of unions and cohabitations."
This is reportedly the first time Monti discusses social issues; he had confined himself to addressing the economic situation and trying to steer the country away from a Greece-like economic meltdown.
His comment comes on the heels of a national debate after Italy's highest court rejected an appeal by a father who wanted custody of his son on grounds that the mother and her female partner would not be able to give the child a "balanced" upbringing.