Italy Rejects LGBT 'Hate Crime' Bill

Italy’s parliament has rejected a bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from discrimination.
The Chamber of Deputies voted yesterday 293 votes to 250 not to approve the legislation.
Gay rights campaigners have called on the European Union to step in.
Italy already bans discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, ethnicity and nationality but campaigners say rising numbers of homophobic and transphobic attacks means LGBT people need more protection.
Paolo Patane, head of gay rights association Arcigay, told AFP: “This parliament has betrayed justice and civility and has decided to support the violent.”
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