Carlo Giovanardi, ally of former Italian PM Berlusconi, says being gay is 'unnatural'.
An ally of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has compared gay public displays of affection to 'peeing in the street.'
Carlo Giovanardi, junior minister in charge of family affairs in Berlusconi's government, made the comments during an interview with Radio24.
He said: 'How does it make you feel when someone pees? If they do it in the bathroom, that's ok. But if they pee in the street in front of you it's offensive.'
The Catholic politician is known for his conservative views and has attacked legislation which would categorize attacks on gay people as hate crimes.
'There are some organs made to receive and some to expel,' Giovanardi added.
'Men's and women's organs were created to perform certain functions and relations between two women or two men are unnatural.'
At present, Italy has no law against homophobia and does not recognise same-sex unions of any kind.
Last month, Giuseppe Ripa, the deputy mayor of Lecce, caused outrage after launching an anti-gay attack on left-wing governor of Apulia, Nichi Vendola on his Facebook page.
'In nature, there exist only two types human beings: the man and the woman,' Ripa wrote, before continuing to say that the rest were psychiatric cases requiring psychoanalytic treatment.