A law designed to better protect LGBTQ+ people and women has been rejected by the Italian parliament.

The Senate decided to stop considering the proposal.

"The law is dead," concluded a senator from the progressive Democratic Party (PD).

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The law had criminalized violence and hate speech specifically directed against a person's sexual orientation or identity.

This led to much discussion in Italy.

Opponents thought the proposal could curb freedom of expression and the Vatican had also criticized it.

That said the legal text was "too vague" about what exactly would be punishable.

The proposal came from the center-left PD.

Last year, the proposal still received the support of a majority of the Chamber of Deputies, the Italian House of Representatives.

The balance of power in the Senate is different.

There, right-wing opponents, such as the Lega and the Brothers of Italy, managed to erect a blockade.

A majority of the Senate voted to end the debate on the bill.

Discrimination and so-called hate crimes are already punishable in Italy.

However, not all groups that have to deal with this are explicitly mentioned in the law.

The PD's proposal also explicitly prohibited discrimination on the basis of, for example, gender, orientation and physical limitations.

Proponents have consistently emphasized that this does not infringe freedom of expression.

See also: So often LGBT people in the Netherlands still have to deal with discrimination

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