Italian premier says gay marriage up to Parliament
Italian premier Mario Monti talks to cardinals and bishops at the end of an Epiphany mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, January 6, 2013 11:16AM EST
ROME -- Italian Premier Mario Monti, who is being backed by the Vatican in his bid for re-election, says gay rights issues -- including gay marriage --should be decided by Parliament, not his government if he wins.
Monti told Sky TG24 TV on Sunday that issues involving personal dignity are more important that economic reforms.
But he stressed that his coalition forces, which include pro-Vatican centrists, came together to work on the more "urgent" task of achieving economic growth in recession-mired Italy.
He says the new Parliament will have a greater role than the government in dealing with gay rights. Monti didn't express his personal opinion on gay marriage.
Same-sex marriage isn't permitted in Italy. The Vatican, which carries significant influence in Italian politics, opposes same-sex marriage.