A conservative Italian politician has compared gay people being affectionate in public to people “peeing in the street”.
“How does it make you feel when someone pees? If they do it in the bathroom, that’s okay. But if they pee in the street in front of you it’s offensive,” said Carlo Giovanardi in an interview with Radio24.
Giovanardi went on to add: “There are some organs made to receive and some to expel. Men’s and women’s organs were created to perform certain functions and relations between two women or two men are unnatural.”
The 62-year-old People of Freedom party politician, who is known for having anti-gay views, is an MP and was a junior minister in charge of family affairs in former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government.
Giovanardi previously claimed that countries in which gay people were allowed to adopt children saw an “exposition of the sale of boys and girls”.
He has also slammed gay-friendly advertising by Swedish furniture company Ikea and rejected hate-crime legislation intended to protect gays and lesbians.