Court Says Gay Man Can Drive
A Sicilian judge overturned the suspension of a drivers’ license on account of gayness, ruling that homosexuality is a mere personality disorder and not a true mental illness.
Court says gay man can drive (Reuters)
A Sicilian court condemned road authorities Monday for suspending the driving license of a man after finding out he was gay. The court on the Mediterranean island said being gay was merely “a personality disturbance” which had no bearing on a person’s ability to drive, Ansa news agency reported.
The 23-year-old man, who was identified as Danilo G., got into trouble with the road license authorities in the city of Catania after they discovered he had been exempted from military service because he was gay. The authorities suspended his driving license ahead of further checks on his “suitability” to take the wheel.
The judges added that homosexuality “cannot be considered a true and proper psychiatric illness, being a mere personality disturbance.” Homosexuality is legal in Italy, but openly anti-gay comments from politicians and officials rarely cause a stir.