On Saturday, Rome’s San Giovanni Square was overflowing with more than 300,000 supporting man-woman marriage and protesting ‘gender theory’ being taught in schools.

The protestors came from all over Europe holding banners stating, “The family will save the world” and “Let’s defend our children”.

Spokesperson for the Defend our Children Committee Massimo Gandolfini said: “We are asking for families based on marriage be respected, and stressing the central role parents play. We forcefully reject the attempt to sneak into the curriculum projects which aim to destroy children’s sexual identities”.

41-year old doctor Giuseppe Ripa who attended the rally was also concerned.

“In my children’s schools they are talking about families made up of two fathers or two mothers, without asking parents’ permission,” He said.

Italy and Australia are facing similar debate after last month’s Irish referendum result as proponents of same-sex marriage lobby governments to follow suit.