The Union of Islamic communities and organisations in Italy (UCOII) is known for its controversial positions. Now its founder, Hamza Piccardo, has caused uproar with a radical demand: Italy should legalise polygamy, he wrote on his Facebook page at the weekend.
The background is a controversial new law, that in Italy - as the last western European country - allows same-sex marriages. It entered into force at the end of July. At the weekend the first homosexual couples then sealed their life partnership.
..."If this is about civil rights, then polygamy is a civil right. Muslims don't agree with homosexual partnerships, and nonetheless must accept a system that allows them," wrote Piccardo in reaction to the marriages. There is no reason why Italy should not accept polygamous marriages among people who agree to them.Source