Italy: Furor after TV cuts 'Brokeback Mountain'

ROME (AP) -- Gay rights groups are protesting after Italy's state television aired a censored version of the Oscar-winning film "Brokeback Mountain."

Activists say that RAI TV cut scenes of the gay lovers, but would never have dropped similar scenes involving a heterosexual couple.

"Brokeback Mountain" is a cowboy romance about two ranch hands who start an affair. An RAI channel aired the film this week, but deleted a kissing scene and a sex scene involving the two men.

RAI said it had aired the cut version in error. A gay rights advocate says he doubts it was a mistake.

Politicians are expected to discuss the matter in Italy's parliament. Meanwhile, RAI is pledging to show the complete movie soon.

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