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Omosessuali e Catalogna

Nelle ultime settimane ho pubblicato due articoli su Unimondo. Il primo ha a che fare con i diritti delle coppie omosessuali in Italia in riferimento al dibattito riaperto dall’attivismo dei sindaci e del Papa. Per scrivere l’articolo mi sono dilettato a fare alcune ricerche sui diritti degli omosessuali nel mondo, scoprendo che in sette stati, Danimarca, Francia, Islanda, Norvegia, Paesi Bassi, Svezia e Stati Uniti l’omofobia è punita come reato con sanzioni pecuniarie e in alcuni casi carcerarie. In oltre trenta stati al mondo i matrimoni gay o le unioni civili sono legalmente riconosciute e il sesso tra omosessuali è legale in almeno 113 stati. Si tratta di un cambiamento piuttosto rapido: fino al 1950 il sesso tra gay era illegale ovunque. Trovate altri dati nell’articolo originale.

diritti omosessuali

Il secondo articolo riprende e sviluppa il contributo personale di Dani Cetrà pubblicato su questo blog qualche giorno fa. Nell’articolo provo a chiarire cosa é successo, cosa sta succedendo e cosa potrebbe succedere, oltre a elencare le differenze – enormi – tra il processo referendario in Scozia e in Catalogna. E’ un contributo relativamente lungo, ma che spero di aver scritto in maniera chiara e lineare. Lo trovate qui.


Ireland will hold referendum on same-sex marriage in 2015. The country is the most catholic enclave in the world and is very conservative on social issues. At least, this is my memory from the time I spent there in 2009. Hence, I was extremely surprised to see the polls released earlier this week. They show that 76% of Irish voters are in favour of same-sex marriage (would vote yes in a referendum), 18% are against.

Speaking about gay marriages. Here‘s an interesting article on the gaying of videogames, or on videogames embracing gay romance.

Left-wing moralism

Guido Barilla, who controls the fourth-generation Barilla Group family business with his two brothers, sparked outrage among activists, consumers and some politicians when he said he would not consider using a gay family to advertise Barilla pasta. “For us the concept of the sacred family remains one of the basic values of the company,” he told Italian radio on Wednesday evening. “I would not do it but not out of a lack of respect for homosexuals who have the right to do what they want without bothering others … [but] I don’t see things like they do and I think the family that we speak to is a classic family.” Asked what effect he thought his attitude would have on gay consumers of pasta, Barilla said: “Well, if they like our pasta and our message they will eat it; if they don’t like it and they don’t like what we say they will … eat another.”

A lot of my friends on Facebook are accusing Barilla of being, in fact, fascist, reactionary, and culturally regressive. I personally cannot stand this totalitarian moralism of the left-wing. I was talking about it with Mindo some months ago. Whatever. There are very few things I support by heart: among these there are pluralism and freedom of speech. If Guido Barilla has an opinion, I might not like it, but I will surely respect it. Many of my left wing friends don’t, and that really makes me upset.