Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Court Says Gay Man Can Drive

ROME (Reuters) A Sicilian court condemned road authorities Monday for suspending the driving license of a man after finding out he was gay. The court on the Mediterranean island said being gay was merely "a personality disturbance" which had no bearing on a person's ability to drive, Ansa news agency reported.

The 23-year-old man, who was identified as Danilo G., got into trouble with the road license authorities in the city of Catania after they discovered he had been exempted from military service because he was gay. The authorities suspended his driving license ahead of further checks on his "suitability" to take the wheel.

The man's lawyer, Giuseppe Lipera, denounced the move as "utterly scandalous and offensive" and has demanded 500,000 euros ($613,500) in damages. "Danilo ... is deeply perturbed by what has happened. He has lost his hair and is suffering shock," Lipera was quoted as saying by Ansa.

In a written ruling released Monday, the Sicilian court said: "It is clear that sexual preferences do not in any way influence a person's ability to drive motor cars safely." The judges added that homosexuality "cannot be considered a true and proper psychiatric illness, being a mere personality disturbance."

Homosexuality is legal in Italy, but openly anti-gay comments from politicians and officials rarely cause a stir.

2 Comments:

Blogger hjksghks said...

"a personality disturbance"? Whatever! Me, I would've just called it a lifestyle choice or a "it's the way I've always been" kinda deal. A personality disturbance is...well....disturbing!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger Kirkkitsch said...

The Speckled Band-
The really scary part is, I'm sure someone out there who read this same article thought "so?" Man, I bitch about America sometimes and how/who's running it, but I'm glad I live here when I read shitball news stories like this one.

Thanks for dropping in and commenting! :D

Sunday, June 19, 2005 4:11:00 PM  

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