Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore – who is currently world tour promoting lesbian movie Freeheld – has spoken out in support of the LGBT community in Italy, after being asked by a reporter whether it was right for same-sex couples to raise a child together.
Having a family is a matter of human rights. Everyone should have the right to have a family. People taking care of each other, that’s what it means to be a family.”
Italy is the last Western European country, which has no legal recognition for cohabiting same-sex couples.
In recent months, the Italian Senate has begun debating a bill to legalise same-sex civil unions last month.
And despite facing fierce opposition in the Catholic country, it is expected to pass.
Amid a debate around same-sex civil unions, a group a senators proposed prison sentences for gay couples who use overseas surrogates.
Anti-gay rights demonstrations, including one named a “Family Day”, have taken place across the country as well.