Italy High Court: Calling Someone ‘A Homosexual’ Isn’t Offensive

“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.