Police Take Man's License Because He's Gay by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff Posted: June 7, 2005 12:01 am ET (Rome) Police in Sicily, who stopped a driver in a routine road check, seized his license after discovering he is gay. During the spot check police discovered that man, identified only as Danilo G. had been exempted from military service because of his sexuality. His license was suspended and police began an investigation on his "suitability" to take the wheel. The 23 year old man took the suspension to court, according to the Italian news service Ansa. A judicial tribunal in the city of Catania ruled Monday that being gay was merely "a personality disturbance" which had no bearing on a person's ability to drive. In a written ruling the court said: "It is clear that sexual preferences do not in any way influence a person's ability to drive motor cars safely." The judges added that homosexuality "cannot be considered a true and proper psychiatric illness, being a mere personality disturbance". Even the ruling has made LGBT rights activists angry, accusing the judges of not having even a basic understanding of homosexuality. The man's lawyer says the issue isn't over yet either. He's demanding over a half million dollars in compensation from police. Giuseppe Lipera called the officer's actions "utterly scandalous and offensive". "Danilo ... is deeply perturbed by what has happened. He has lost his hair and is suffering shock," Lipera told Ansa.