The initial phase of the nondiscrimination bill to protect the LGBTQ+ community in Italy has been triumphantly approved.
If approved, this bill recently introduced in Italy by openly gay legislator Alessandro Zan will allow violence against LGBTQ people and women to be regarded as hate crimes.
The bill will amend the existing law, which currently only allows protection based on race and religion and carries a sentence of up to four years in prison.
Right-wing parties and the Catholic Church mobilized against this nondiscrimination bill, but it successfully passed an important first step. The House approved the bill by a 265-193 vote.
“It is a big step forward against discrimination, hatred, and violence,” Alessandro Zan wrote on Twitter.
From now on, the upper house of the senate must debate the issue.
So everything is going well for the moment. The nondiscrimination bill to protect LGBTQ people and women is moving forward in Italy, waiting for the final vote.