Italian ‘cuckold’ suing wife’s lover

An Italian man is suing his wife’s lover for £500,000 in Italy’s first-ever case of a cuckold seeking monetary compensation for “moral damages” caused by an extra-marital affair.

The 45-year-old military officer has demanded 200,000 euros for himself and 400,000 euros for his two children – a 14 year old daughter and a 10 year old son – in the precedent-setting case, which began this week in the town of Spoleto, in Umbria.

The plaintiff, whose name has not been released, claims that his 39-year-old wife’s affair caused her to develop “obsessive behaviour that led her to ruin the life of the family and to avoid her conjugal obligations.”

The husband also said her affair had sent him into a spiral of depression.

He presented a medical certificate to the civil tribunal where the case is being heard.

The 39-year-old alleged lover, an insurance broker from Perugia, insists that he is just good friends with the woman, a teacher who lives with her husband in nearby Spoleto.

Marco Brusco, his lawyer, told The Daily Telegraph: “He denies being her lover. But even if it was true, we argue that he is free to have sex with who he likes – whether they are married, single or separated.

“Adultery may once have been a crime in this country, but that is no longer the case. There is no law that says a man cannot go to bed with the wife of another man.”

He said the case, which is expected to take at least a year to be resolved, was without precedent. “This is the first time something like this has been tried in Italy.”

The husband is suing the alleged lover under a section of the Italian penal code which allows for legal action to be taken where there no contract exists between two parties.

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Kissing Men Escorted Out of Santorum Event, Crowd Chants ‘U-S-A, U-S-A’

Two men were escorted out of a Rick Santorum rally in Illinois as they began to yell during the candidate’s speech, and then kiss one another. The event took place at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights Friday evening. The crowd at the gymnasium where Santorum was speaking booed when the two began to kiss, and chanted “U-S-A, U-S-A” as the demonstrators left the building. Palatine Patch reports on the disruption and subsequent ejection:

Santorum was 15 minutes into his speech when the two men shouted and got the attention of the crowd. They exchanged a kiss, prompting guards to eject them and the crowd to chant ‘U-S-A’ while they were leaving the gym.

When asked whether the kiss was a public display of affection or merely a symbolic act, Timothy Tross of Lombard and Ben Clifford of Algonquin, declined to comment.

‘I don’t think the message should be about what my sexuality is,’ Tross said. ‘It’s the message that he’s saying about sexuality that matters.’

Santorum has had issues with LGBT protesters at events before. In addition to multiple glitter bombings, Santourm has faced hecklers at several events who appear displeased with his pro-life and pro-traditional marriage positions. The Patch reports that about 50 protesters stood outside Santorum’s rally in Arlington Heights Friday holding sings that read “LGBT No H8,” “Catholics Against Santorum” and “If I incorporate myself, would you treat me like a person?”

An estimated 2,100 supporters attended the Santorum rally. See video of the ejection and ‘U-S-A’ chant.

Obama Keeps Dragging Sasha & Malia Into Politics

Barack Obama likes to talk about his kids. What parent doesn’t?

But Obama isn‘t just another dad shooting the breeze about his kids’ antics in last night’s soccer game. He’s the president, and he brings up his daughters to explain his thinking on all sorts of combustible national issues.

He’s cited Sasha and Malia, now 10 and 13, in discussing everything from the rescue of an American aid worker from Somali pirates to the touchy subject of public access to emergency contraception. His daughters also are prominent in a family photo being used by his re-election campaign.

Most recently, Obama brought up his daughters when asked about conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh’s reference to college student Sandra Fluke as a “slut” after she testified that birth control should be covered by insurance.

Obama said at a news conference that he’d called Fluke after Limbaugh made his comments “because I thought about Malia and Sasha, and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way, and I don‘t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re good citizens.”

Invoking his daughters is a way for Obama to bring big issues down to human scale, in a disarming way. It also is a reminder to Americans of the president’s photogenic family, a priceless political asset in an election year.

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The Impossible Dream

Rick Santorum’s strategy for becoming the Republican presidential nominee comes down to this: prevent Mitt Romney from winning enough delegates to arrive at the GOP convention this summer with a mandate and persuade delegates to ignore election results in their states.

The hope is that delegates will go with Santorum as the more conservative option over front-runner Romney. But there’s a hitch: Newt Gingrich is refusing to quit the race.

It’s a long-shot gamble for a candidate who began as long shot and badly trails Romney in delegates leading to the August convention in Tampa, Fla., where Republicans will pick a challenger to President Barack Obama.

Adding to Santorum’s money and organizational challenges is the fact that Gingrich is splitting the conservative vote and is dismissing pressure by Santorum to drop out after losing this past week in Alabama and Mississippi.

Not that Santorum, who has defied expectations to become Romney’s chief challenger, seems daunted by the odds.

“You’ve been listening to math class and delegate math class instead of looking at the reality of the situation,” the former Pennsylvania senator told reporters in Biloxi last week. “It’s going to be very difficult for anyone to get to the number of delegates that is necessary to win with the majority at the convention.”

“This isn’t about math,” Santorum says. “This is about vision.”

So far, it’s all adding up for Romney.

He has captured 495 delegates, more than all of his rivals combined. Santorum stands at 252, Gingrich has 131 and Ron Paul is at 48, according to an Associated Press projection. That puts Romney on pace to win the required 1,144 delegates in June.

Romney’s advisers claim it would take an “act of God,” as one put it, for Santorum to take the lead in the delegate count. “If he is able to pull off a miracle so be it. He’ll be the nominee,” Romney said.

Santorum, whose Catholic faith is central to his campaign, was not amused. “I don’t know about him, but I believe in acts of God,” Santorum said.

One of his strategist’s, John Patrick Yob, put it another way in a recent memo that said the Romney team’s focus on the delegate count was an effort to distract from what Santorum’s campaign claims is trouble the front-runner faces in county, district and state conventions, where delegates are locked in.

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