Gay Italian man gets driving license back after 15-year legal battle

Italy’s highest court found the Ministry of Defence, and Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport guilty of discriminating against him and violating his privacy.

Fifteen years ago, Italian Danilo Giuffrida was disqualified from driving and told by his doctors he was not mentally fit to do so after he came out as gay during his military service.

Giuffrida, who is now 34, then took legal action against the country’s Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, according to The Local.

On Friday, he finally won a 15-year legal battle to get his license back.

Quoting Italian news service Rai News, The Local says the man from Sicily, southern Italy, was deemed ‘troubled by his sexual identity,’ which was said to be reason enough to suspend his driving licence.

Although the exact sum of compensation is yet to be determined by the courts, the media says it could reach €100,000.

Calling it a ‘victory for justice,’ he added, ‘It’s not my personal victory, but one for the whole community. It could have happened to anyone.’

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