Sparking outrage among gay rights groups, Italy's newest minister of Equal Opportunities, Mara Carfagna, told the press that she thinks it unnecessary to grant sponsorship for the annual Gay Pride festivals held in major cities during the month of June.
‘Sponsorship for Gay Pride? I am not inclined to grant it. Gay Pride festivals are not necessary... have goals which I do not share. I am ready to deal with issues of discrimination and violence. I am ready to give sponsorship to seminars and conferences that deal with these issues', Carfagna told the press.