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Cops apologise over gay manual slur

2012-07-12 19:14

Rome - Italian police apologised this week after they were forced to change a training manual that listed homosexuality as a "sexual deviance" in the same category as bestiality, incest and necrophilia.

A passage in the 585-page manual, which was being used internally in officer exams in the Carabinieri police force, read: "The main sexual deviances are homosexuality, exhibitionism, fetishism, sadism, incest and bestiality."

The Carabinieri quickly apologised after an outcry from gay rights groups.

It was "an unfortunate mistake," said the Carabinieri's commander general Leonardo Gallitelli, adding that the text "was based on an obsolete formula".

Gallitelli said the offending passage was "immediately cancelled".

The head of gay rights group Arcigay, Paolo Patane, said he was "pleasantly surprised" by the correction and said the original passage was "incredible".

Member of parliament Paola Concia, who is openly gay, said before the correction was made that it was "shameful".

Considering homosexuality as a type of deviant behaviour "goes against all the laws of the state," she said.

Comments
  • stephen.kay.777 - 2012-07-13 07:50

    Well at least teh italian police are coming around to accept gays as a part of god creation. For the nation that has the church whose leader UNexcommunciated a holocasut denier ***, that good Sometimes I wonder if the german pope did the evil deed he did because he knows that gays were teh "silent" victim of the holocaust. Esitmates ran to about 15000 sent to the death camps. by a cahtolic named Eichmann on order of an Austrian cahtolic whose name is a curse for eternity. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/25/world/europe/25pope.html?pagewanted=all

  • KeenanMag - 2012-07-13 09:42

    It was a mistake. They apologized. Next.

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-07-13 17:40

    I think they were right in the first place. Buggery is just plain wrong.

      Pulverturm - 2012-07-18 16:47

      Bigot!

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