The mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, spoke to HuffPost Live on Thursday, December 11 to express his support for marriage equality.
The fifty-eight-year-old mayor said, “I believe that if a couple loves each other, they should get married.”
He then added: “I don’t see where the problem is. I guess it’s a problem with people thinking in the past—people belonging to the previous century…It’s just surprising for me that this is open for discussion.”
Marino also told HuffPost that he supported gay adoption. “If you’d asked the same question in 1987-1988…I’d probably have answered in a very different way,” he admitted. However, he said that while he was raising his daughter in Philadelphia, forming friendships with gay parents made him realize that the “most important thing was love.”
Back in May 2013, while campaigning for mayor, Marino announced that, if elected, he would allow same-sex unions. He also believes that children should be educated about gay and lesbian equality. He won the election in June.
Currently, same-sex marriage and adoption are not legal in Italy.