The Italian deputy prime minister has called same-sex parents ‘unnatural’ and vowed to keep fighting for the legal definition of family to be opposite-sex only. Matteo Salvini, the far-right leader of the Northern League party, has risen to popularity on the back of rhetoric against migrants, Islam, LGBT and connections with the EU. Being asked about same-sex families Salvini responded that he was against them. Salvini gave an example of how he had already erased gender-neutral terms from government resources in order to ensure a return to heteronormativity, demanding it to be ‘mother and father’, not ‘parent 1 and parent 2’. When the issue of same-sex adoption was raised, Salvini pledged to do everything he could to ensure that heterosexual couples should have a privilege to adopt. “We will defend the natural family founded on the union between a man and a woman,” he said, also adding that he did not approve “utero for rent and similar horrors”. “Utero for rent and similar horrors,” he concluded.