By Arturo Garcia
, September 20, 2013 17:23 EDT
Italian lawmakers hold same-sex 'kiss-in' for marriage equality [YouTube]

A group of Italian lawmakers interrupted a parliamentary on Friday to engage in a same- kissing demonstration in support of expanding the country’s anti-discrimination law to include the LGBT community.

According to The Local, the new measure, which expands a 1993 law to ban “crimes motivated by homophobia or transphobia,” passed in the Chamber of Deputies in a 354-79 vote, but is not expected to make it through the Senate of the Republic, generally considered the parliament’s “upper .”

But dozens of members of the M5S party — short for MoVimento 5 Stelle, or Five Star MoVement — cut discussion short on Friday when they stood up and began kissing each other, while others held up signs calling for “more ” for LGBT Italians. Some ministers also defended the protest online, with Federica Daga posting a picture of the protest on Twitter and writing, “Equal rights and dignity without gender. Because a kiss and a hug are not scary.”

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