~from Asia News
More than a people (1.5 million according to organisers) took part in a rally called Più Familia (More Family) that was organised by 450 associations to stress the value of the family defined as the union between man and woman, open to procreation, serving as the hub of social, cultural, economic and political life. They all came to Rome’s san Giovanni Square, which had never seen so many people, parents with their children, young people and old, those in good health and the disabled. Some families arrived after a day of travel from some of Italy’s islands. Many were Catholics—some were Muslims; others were Jews.
The event, which was supported by the Catholic Church in particular, was opposed by the radical left, gay groups, and much of the media which holds radical and liberal views, who support a draft bill that would officially recognise common law and homosexual couples along with the traditional type of family.
A sense of peace, celebration and happiness pervaded the square, not any hatred or homophobia. Children danced, people carried balloons and colourful umbrellas amidst a vast sea of baby carriages surrounded by grandmothers, young couples soon to tie the knot and those who just did or did it 30 or 40 years ago on this same day, on this Family Day.
One after the other, speakers address the crowd, some from families with children, other without; young not yet married couples with a job; married couples helping drug addicts, the elderly or the sick.
“The family is one of the main organisers of the rally,” said Eugenia Roccella, one of the event’s main organisers. “It is the primary unit of any welfare state based on the principle of subsidiarity which allows the taking care of the weak, the young, the sick and the old. . . . The family, as stated in our constitution, is based on marriage, on a commitment made before the community. . . . Everything else, common law relationships and love in all its countless ways however temporary or lasting they may be, are stories of individuals that come under the purview of individual rights.”