According to its promoters, the Family Day demonstration a few weeks ago, designed to fight government proposals for recognition of civil unions, attracted a million people. That's more or less one sixtieth of the population and enough, says Paola Binetti, self-mortifying defender of the faith, to rule out civil union legislation in Italy. Hmm.
The standard estimate is that one tenth of the Italian population is gay. That would mean that 100,000 participants at this year's Gay Pride (in Rome on 16 June - be there!) would have the same demographic weight as Family Day. It would, in other words, cancel it out. What's more, if there are over 100,000 participants, let's say 200,000, by Binetti's logic this would be enough to rule out opposition to DICO legislation. The ball would then be in their court. Family Day Two? Second Family Day? The latter would certainly be more approriate for most of the philandering centre-right politicians who took part in the first.