Diego Angemi and Francesco Ceccarini. Photo: private
Two Italian expats in Sweden are set to get married in front of hundreds of thousands of people at the Stockholm Pride Parade on Saturday afternoon – to send a message about gay rights to their home country.
It’s a special day for most couples, but Diego Angemi, 36, and his partner Francesco Ceccarini, 33, in particular are two people unlikely ever to forget their wedding day. The two Italian expats are getting married in front of hundreds of thousands of people at the Stockholm Pride Parade on Saturday.
But for the pair, who met in Italy but live in Sweden, the ceremony is not just a celebration of love in front of their family, friends and some 450,000-strong Pride audience. It is also a political statement.
While same-sex marriage has been legal in Sweden since 2009, several attempts to introduce similar legislation in Italy have repeatedly been blocked in parliament. Angemi tells The Local’s reporter Elin Jönsson that they hope the wedding will send a strong message back to their home country in favour of LGBTQ rights (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer).
Stockholm’s Pride Parade starts at 1pm Swedish time on Saturday and the wedding ceremony is to be streamed live on YouTube.
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Also published on The Local Italy’s site.