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You Can Take Matters Into Your Own Hands In Italy And All Is Well. Public Masturbation Not Illegal.

After a weekend at Southern Decadence, you've seen it all in the streets, in back rooms, off of balconies. What happens in New Orleans ... well damn, everything happens in New Orleans. 

It seems that after this week, a lot more can happen in the streets of Italy.  After the country's Supreme Court (La Corte di Cassazione) ruled that masturbation in public is not a crime, will we see more free willies in the streets?


    [A 69-year old man referred to as "PL"] was convicted in May 2015 after he performed the act in front of students on the University of Catania campus [on Sicily's east coast], according to documents filed with Supreme Court. The man was sentenced to three months in prison and ordered to pay a fine of €3,200 (around $3,600).

    However, the defendant's lawyer appealed the case to the country's highest court, which ruled on the side of the accused in June but only just made its decision public. Judges ruled that public masturbation out of the presence of minors is no longer deemed criminal conduct due to a change in the law last year, which decriminalized the act.

    The new iteration of the criminal code does call for imprisonment -- of up to four-and-a-half years -- if the act is witnessed by a minor.
    In light of this ruling, the court overturned "PL's" sentence. The case has been sent back to local courts in Catania to determine exactly what the administrative fine -- between €5,000 ($5,651) and €30,000 ($33,912) -- will be.  -


    My roommates just returned from a gay cruise that did have Sicily as a stop.  Too bad they didn't know about this being legal before their journey.  We'll have to safe this bit of information for our next trip to Italy.