June 7th, 2005

Age of Innocence

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.

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product placement

I'm watching "Queer Eye" where a group of Red Sox players are being transformed. There has been a LOT of product placement.

Leave it to my non-LJ housemate to make this comment:

"It figures that 'Queer Eye' would be sponsored by BJ's."
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