Target: Borgosesia Mayor Gianluca Buonanno
Goal: Denounce mayor’s hateful attempt to ban same-sex kissing in public
In one Italian city, kissing may now become illegal for same-sex couples. According to the Mayor of Borgosesia, Gianluca Buonanno, same-sex couples are “morally harmful.” Clearly, Buonanno’s own personal dislike of same-sex couples is negatively coloring his decision to seek a ban on affection in public places. Violators of this ban would be fined 500 Euros, or about $680 USD.
Support for same-sex couples and marriages is growing across the world. Sadly, in Borgosesia, same-sex couples will now have to fight against Mayor Buonanno’s hateful ban. Many Italians approve of same-sex marriages, even though same-sex marriages are not recognized as legal by the Italian government. A few members of the European Parliament quickly dismissed Buonanno’s inane proposed ban, disapproving of his current and previous actions as well.
Mayor Buonanno is known for his disgusting stunts, including hanging a Vladimir Putin poster in his room in support of Putin’s anti-gay stance. He is also notorious for having waved a fish around in Parliament in opposition to a bill decriminalizing undocumented immigrants’ status. According to the La Repubblica newspaper, Buonanno said, “I don’t like two people of the same sex making public displays of affection. It’s a question of respect. And I’m convinced that it’s morally harmful for children.”
What Buonanno neglects to understand is that love and affection are important for all sexual preferences. His backwards concept of what is morally right could have detrimental consequences for human rights in Borgosesia. Sign the petition below to criticize Mayor Buonanno’s attempted ban on same-sex kissing in public and stand up for the human right to love and affection.
Dear Mayor Buonanno,
I recently heard about your proposed ban on same-sex kissing in public. This is morally reprehensible and a terrible assault on human rights. Many Italians support same-sex marriages and couples, which shows that you are far behind in the times and inconsiderate of the wants and needs of your people. If kissing were so abhorrent to you, you would ban all manner of kissing, and not just between same-sex couples. Although the Italian government has not yet ruled on the legality of same-sex marriage, attempting to ban public affection is a direct attack on many people’s human right to love—something that should never be banned.
I ask that you end your proposed ban on same-sex kissing in public. Borgosesia should not be seen as a place where love is attacked and fined, but a place where it is celebrated.
[Your Name Here]
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