“The term ‘homosexual’ used by the defendant has not retained in the current historical context the intrinsically offensive meaning that perhaps could have been attributed to it in a not even too distant past,” the Italian Court of Cassation has ruled, responding to a libel case in which a man sought compensation for being called gay.
In the European nation, it’s officially no longer offensive on its face to call someone a homosexual.
Judges deemed that the term is “neutral” and thereby not harmful to one’s reputation.
The fine that the Defendant had been forced to pay by a lower court has been annulled by the high court.
Despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church, Italy earlier this year legalized same-sex civil unions, though the Church was able to prevent gay adoption from being legalized.