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Group sues Philadelphia mayor, officials over Columbus statue removal efforts
PHILADELPHIA - A group that fought in court to keep a statue of Christopher Columbus in a south Philadelphia park and to have a wooden box covering it removed has now filed suit against Mayor Jim Kenney and members of the city's historical commission over their roles in the effort to remove the statue.The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Friends of Marconi Plaza allege in the complaint filed late last month that officials conspired to abuse the legal process in trying to remove the 146-year-old statue from Marconi Plaza after it became the scene of tense standoffs during demonstrations and unrest over racial injustice in the summer of 2020.RELATED COVERAGE: Judge rules Christopher Columbus statue can remain in South PhiladelphiaGeorge Bochetto, the lead attorney for the group, said he sees the suit as holding government officials accountable."Frankly, it’s shocking what took place here, and it’s a shocking disregard for their responsibilities," Bochetto said.Representatives of the mayor and the historical commission declined comment last week on the lawsuit.The 1876 statue was presented to the city by the Italian American community to commemorate the nation’s centennial. Many Italian Americans have embraced the 15th century explorer — once hailed as the discoverer of America — as a cultural hero and emblem of the city’s deep Italian heritage.
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Trudeau calls out Italy’s LGBTQ+ stance during G7 meeting with Meloni
Justin Trudeau called out the Italian government’s stance on LGBTQ rights during a bilateral meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Hiroshima, Japan.“Obviously, Canada is concerned about some of the (positions) that Italy is taking in terms of LGBT rights,” Trudeau told Meloni at the start of the meeting.“But I look forward to talking with you about that.”The comments were made at the start of the meeting, prior to media being ushered out of the room.In March, gay rights activists denounced as homophobic moves by Meloni’s far-right-led government to limit recognition of parental rights to the biological parent only in families with same-sex parents.In a move that would impact hundreds of families, the government told the city of Milan to stop automatically recording both parents in same-sex couples on city registers.It was the last major city to continue the practice that had been briefly adopted in Rome, Turin, Naples and elsewhere after Italy’s high court in 2016 made it easier for gay people to adopt a partner’s biological child.In a readout of the meeting sent out by the Prime Minister’s Office, it says the leaders “exchanged views on the importance of protecting and defending human rights, including the rights of 2SLGBTQI+ people.”“Prime Minister Meloni responded that her government is following court decisions and is not deviating from previous administrations,” the summary said.Trudeau met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida earlier in the morning, where both leaders discussed increasing co-operation between G7 countries to further peace and economic prosperity.The G7 Leaders’ Summit is taking place between Friday and Sunday.The summit is expected to focus on
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