Joy, anger as France legalises same-sex marriage

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The French parliament defied months of angry protests overnight as it approved a bill to make France the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage.


The lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, voted 331 to 225 to adopt the bill, which allows homosexual marriages and adoptions by gay couples.

The vote follows weeks of divisive debate in the French parliament, and mass street rallies by supporters and opponents of the move.

Noisy protesters were ordered out of the chamber before the vote.

When the vote was announced in favour of the bill, supporters broke out in cheers and chants of "equality, equality".

Justice minister Christiane Taubira hailed the adoption of the bill as a "historic" moment.

"It grants new rights, stands firmly against discrimination [and] testifies to our country's respect for the institution of marriage," she said.

Written By: Barbara Miller
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    • In reply to #1 by ANTIcarrot:

      Okay, now this is getting silly, rather embarrassing, and annoying. Why the hell hasn’t the UK done this yet?

      Probably because some UK MPs need to grow a backbone and, of course, Camaron is against secular government and therefore, equality.

    • In reply to #1 by ANTIcarrot:

      Okay, now this is getting silly, rather embarrassing, and annoying. Why the hell hasn’t the UK done this yet?

      Apart from the Don’s reposte on the invertebrate status of UK politicians there is of course the Lord’s Spiritual who would oppose it and also the Lord’s Temporal who despite their alleged secularism suffer from the misnomer of being of this time when their minds are more than likely dislocated somewhere in the UK’s past.

  1. At the current pace of countries passing these laws, won’t it be telling when the lone countries yet to do it are the US and Iran, Iraq, North Korea….etc…??? How different are we?

  2. Good for France, anyone who says “Marriage” is only between a man & a woman is talking nonsense. if you look through history and different countries you will see any number of different ideas/customs of marriage. someone will always complain about change to a society due to fear but that shouldn’t stop people who love each other from being able legally say so and isn’t that the whole idea of marriage anyway.

    • In reply to #9 by Roedy:

      What is disturbing in the young age of the French homophobes. It may have a non-religious motivation. In North America, homophobes are older and dying out.

      That’s the first thing I noticed. They aren’t just opposed to marriage equality, but willing to publicly protest. Sad. I trust they are part of a tiny minority.

    • In reply to #9 by Roedy:

      What is disturbing in the young age of the French homophobes. It may have a non-religious motivation. In North America, homophobes are older and dying out.

      I wouldn’t worry too much it’s just the French mobile junior bigots scrabble team on manoeuvres.

  3. The opponents of this new law are now challenging its constitutionality – on what grounds I cannot guess. It is sad to see this degree of bigotry in the homeland of the Enlightenment, but the Catholic Church’s ancient position in France is still strong and deeply conservative. Voltaire’s call “Écrasez l’infâme!”, which he aimed at clerical superstition, still needs to be heard.

    That said, however, it is great to see France take this step in the spirit of “liberté, égalité, fraternité”.

  4. In forty or fifty year’s time, these guys will have to sit down with their grand kids and have to explain to their (the kids’) disbelieving ears and incredulous eyes why they (the bigots pictured above) were so retarded and hateful.

    Today’s bigots, hopefully, will look as foolish as those bigots in the US who demonstrated against “black/white” marriages back in the day; or those social-retards who objected to women voting, and so on.

    There will be a lot of egg-on-face in the not-too-distance future, methinks.

  5. I was very disappointed by the reaction of an important segment of the French population who has shown an enormous hostility towards homosexuals. I thought France was a very advanced country on social issues and suddenly they organized demonstrations against gay marriage where hundreds of thousands of people cried out insults and threats (with some attacks on gays) as if they were in a bigot fundamentalist society. I didn’t expect this to happen in France.

    • In reply to #14 by Odalrich:

      I was very disappointed by the reaction of an important segment of the French population who has shown an enormous hostility towards homosexuals. I thought France was a very advanced country on social issues and suddenly they organized demonstrations against gay marriage where hundreds of thousands…of people cried out insults and threats (with some attacks on gays) as if they were in a bigot fundamentalist society. I didn’t expect this to happen in France.

      The RCC is deep rooted in France. If priests say protest against gay marriage, the sheeples rush to obey!

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