That’s Amore!


AcrobatsTwo Italian acrobats, both of them male, got engaged on national TV in a moment that stunned the nation. It happened on the show Italy’s Got Talent after Les Farfadais, a troupe of acrobatic dancers, finished a routine to the song “The Power of Love.” Once the daring young men on the flying trapeze had alit, one of them got down on bended knee and asked the other for his hand in marriage, the latter accepted, and the couple kissed on stage. What could be more traditional? As luck would have it, Italy doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages, though the mayor of Rome married sixteen couples last October in defiance of Italian law. The live audience cheered the acrobatic couple on, and doubtless some viewers wondered how those outfits might come into play when the couple consummated their betrothal later that night.