Lawmakers in Italy's Chamber of Deputies expressed their support for a proposed gay rights bill by staging a kiss-in.

According to The Local, Dozens of members of Italy's M5S Party (Movimento 5 Stelle, or Five Star Movement) stopped discussing the bill on Friday, stood up and the began kissing members of the same sex. Some lawmakers held up signs of support calling for “more rights” for LGBT Italians. Others just hugged.

The bill would extend a 1993 anti-discrimination law to include crimes motivated by a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Equal rights and dignity without gender,” MP Federica Daga tweeted, along with a photo of the kiss-in protest. “Because a kiss and a hug are not scary.”

La Repubblica reported that the bill cleared the lower house with a 354-79 vote. But the measure is expected to face strong opposition in the Senate, particularly from Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party. (Video from the kiss-in protest is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)