M5S leader Di Maio distances party from ‘medieval’ anti-LGBT conference

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03/20/2019

Italy’s co-deputy prime minister and governing Five Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio has slammed his coalition partner the League party as “medieval” for its support for an anti-gay, anti-abortion event due to be held in Verona at the end of March. League party leader Matteo Salvini, who holds the position of co-deputy prime minister alongside Di Maio as well as being Italy’s interior minister, has publicly endorsed the event, along with Italy’s Families Minister Lorenzo Fontana and Veneto governor Luca Zaia, both of whom are also League members. But both Di Miao and Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, who has no party affiliation, have been quick to distance themselves from the conference. The event is being run by the US-based organisation World Congress of Families, designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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