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Salvini changes Italian e-ID’s to ‘father-mother’ from ‘parent 1 – 2’

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Friday said he has ordered to change "parent 1" and "parent 2" into "mother" and "father" on official ID forms.

Published: August 12, 2018, 1:46 pm

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    To obtain an electronic identity card on his ministry’s website, Italians will go back to the traditional gender roles, he said.

    Speaking to online Catholic daily La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, Salvini said: “I was told that on the interior ministry’s website, forms for an electronic identity card had “parent 1” and “parent 2″‘.

    “I immediately made them change the website restoring the definition of “mother” and “father” – it is a small sign but I will do everything possible that is provided for under the Constitution.

    “We will defend the natural family founded on the union between a man and a woman”.

    Last week, on Wednesday, Salvini downplayed the furore sparked by an anti-Roma announcement by a Trenord employee on a Milan-Cremona-Mantua rail service and defended the employee.

    Passengers reported that a woman’s voice broadcast via the train speakers called on passengers not to give money to “harassers”, adding: “gypsies – get off at the next stop because you have broken our balls”.

    Salvini dismissed the critics, saying: “Instead of worrying about attacks on passengers, ticket conductors and train managers, some people are worrying about messages against the molesters.”

    Salvini, who is also leader of the conservative League, said via Twitter. “#Travellingsafely is a priority!”. Trenord has identified a female member of its staff who made the announcement Tuesday, sources said on Wednesday.

    The staff member faces disciplinary action that could include dismissal.

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