Mayor rebukes Vendola's remark on feeling unsafe in Rome
Alemanno says gay president of Puglia 'offends' the city05 February, 15:41
In a statement via Twitter, Alemanno - who hails from Italy's conservative political camp - said "Vendola offends Rome. From the Europride in 2011 to every Gaypride, our city as always guaranteed a welcome and respect for everyone". In an interview Tuesday with Il Fatto Quotidiano, Vendola - who is also the head of left-wing political party SEL - said hostility towards gays made him feel insecure in Rome.
"This climate forces me to limit the spaces of my private life. I am forced to manage every move with caution. If I want to go out alone for a walk in Rome in the evening, I choose not to". Vendola criticized what he said was a tolerance of anti-homosexual groups and acts in Italy. "In Italy the fact that I am insulted by fascists and Nazis from various networks isn't even the object of regret". He also criticized the church, saying that a "certain ecclesiastic environment even impedes the making of rules to sanction violence" against gays.
Vendola, a controversial figure in Italy's often conservative politics, also promised Tuesday to introduce "in the coming days" a law to legalize gay marriage. Photo: Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno