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New Poll Shows Three Quarters Want to Keep Marriage Equality Law

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

titleSome great new polling out of France this morning on marriage equality.

Pink News reports:

“…a poll today may crush the hopes of those wishing to block same-sex marriage – as a majority of UMP members now support keeping the law, as well as an overwhelming majority of the French public. 56 percent of UMP voters now support keeping the law in place, despite many being fiercely opposed before the law was implemented, with just 44 percent wanting it repealed. Across the public, at large, 73 percent now want the law to remain in place, with just 26 percent opposed and 1 percent unsure. Over 7000 same-sex couples married in France last year, with Paris alone recently celebrating its 2000th marriage – meaning any attempt to repeal the law would likely be a bureaucratic nightmare.”

Looks like marriage equality is here to stay in France, regardless of what Sarkozy says.

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French Mayor Who Opposes Same Sex Marriage Officiates at Gay Son’s Wedding

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

France - Google MapsA French mayor who still thinks gay marriage “is not what nature intended” nevertheless officiated at his gay son’s wedding.

Pink News reports:

Despite being a long-standing critic of same-sex marriage, Raymond Bardet, mayor of Ville-la-Grand in south-eastern France, officiated the ceremony last Saturday. He told the Dauphine Libere:

“My son was getting married, there was no question of letting anyone else do it. If I had asked a deputy to celebrate the marriage, people could have thought that I was criticising my son or that we had fallen out. Only two and a half months ago I discovered that my son was gay. I am his father and I would be the one to celebrate his union, as I would have done for his sister. I didn’t know his partner, but he’s a good person and they make a beautiful couple together. I saw two smart men, very content together. We always think that it doesn’t affect us, that was my way of seeing things, I never questioned it.”

But despite all that, he still opposes marriage equality. It’s beautiful that he did this for his gay son, but it’s sad that he is still trapped in his own prejudices.

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France: Tens of Thousands March Against LGBT Rights

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

French ProtestParis and Lyon again saw massive demonstrations against LGBT rights, as the country’s Neo-Nazis joined Manif Pour Tous.

Joe.My.God reports:

Led by Marion Marechal-Le Pen, the 24 year-old granddaughter of neo-Nazi National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has been convicted multiple times of inciting racial hatred, today Manif Pour Tous yet again staged massive anti-gay rallies in Paris and Lyon, where tens of thousands marched against LGBT families. The granddaughter, seen in the first clip below, is the youngest person ever elected to France’s Parliament… the theme of today’s protest is anger over the right of same-sex couples to use surrogacy to build their families. A member of France’s opposition UMP party is live-tweeting many photos from the event.

It’s amazing, still, to me how much these people care and think it’s their business to stick their noses into other people’s families. Or is this all about using us, once again, as a wedge issue?

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Monday, November 4th, 2013

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France: Gay French-Moroccan Couple Wins Right to Marry

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

First_France_Gay_Marriage_Montpellier_7A little-known provision in France’s marriage laws has prevented some same-sex couples in the country for marrying, when one of the partners comes from a certain country. At least one of those couples has now won the right to marry.

Gay Star News reports:

For when France legalized same-sex marriage in May, agreements we brought up from decades ago banning any ex-patriots from 11 countries marrying under the new law. In the court case held today, the prosecution used an agreement from 1981 between Morocco and France banning gay marriage between the two countries. They claimed international conventions have a higher authority under the French Constitution than the ‘Marriage for All’ law passed this year. The defense however implored the marriage law was changed for the ‘French international public policy’ – effectively excluding that French-Moroccan agreement. With the agreement being overturned, this sets a precedent giving hope to all binational gay couples living in France.

Congratulations to the happy couple, and to all other binational couples who now may be able to marry in France.

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France: High Court Says Mayors Cannot Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Paris, FranceFrench mayors must perform weddings for all couples who have the legal right to marry, including same-sex couples, the High Court there has ruled.

Pink News reports:

A law recognising equal marriage took effect in May, but several mayors rejected it as a matter of “conscience”. Earlier this summer Jean-Michel Colo, the mayor of Arcangues, in south-west France, refused to marry a gay couple and said “I will go to the gallows” in order to defy the law. However, the Constitutional Council ruled on Friday that the law does not provide a “conscience clause” for its opponents. “The council judged that, in view of the functions of a state official in the officiating of a marriage, the legislation does not violate their freedom of conscience,” it said in a statement.

If they don’t like the law, they can either try to change it, or not be Mayor anymore.

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Seriously?The latest in our series of the crazy things the anti gay folks are saying and doing around the world.

Gay Marriage Means “Any Two Things” Can Get Married

Or least that’s what GOP Sen. Bill Sharer (NM) seems to think. Towleroad reports:

Just yesterday we told you about Senator Bill Sharer (R – Farmington) calling gay men “whores” who should follow the example of renowned pederast Alexander the Great settle down with a woman. Today we present you with an audio clip from the Janet Mefford Show of the good Senator saying that marriage equality bills allow “any two things” to get married.

See the full clip over at the Towleroad page above.

Why Won’t You Woo Women?

Try saying that three times fast. Pink News explains:

French actor Alain Delon, who was once described as France’s answer to James Dean, has said that being gay is against nature, and that men are here to “love a woman” and not to “flirt with or get picked up by guys.” The 77-year-old made the comments in response to a recently passed bill legalising same-sex marriage and adoption in France. Speaking live on France 2, he was asked about his controversial stance on prohibiting same-sex couples from having children. He responded: “Yes, it is against nature, I’m sorry. “We are here to love a woman, to woo a woman, not to flirt with or get picked up by guys.”

Don’t worry Mr. Delon – I doubt any guys are going to be tempted to pick you up.

France: Another Mayor Refuses to Officiate At A Same-Sex Wedding

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

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Mayor Marie-Claude Bompard of Boliene, France has refused to marry a lesbian couple, citing her religious beliefs.

Pink News reports:

Amandine Gilles, 33, and Angelique Leroux, 27, hoped to be married in their hometown in south-eastern France on 10 September. But on Friday Bollene mayor Marie-Claude Bompard met them and told them that she would not carry out the ceremony because it was against her religious beliefs. She said she would also refuse to lawfully delegate another councillor to carry out the ceremony. Ms Bompard is a member of far-right split from Marine Le Pen’s Front National, the Ligue du Sud (Southern League), led by her husband, Jacques.

Aren’t French mayors legally obligated to perform wedding ceremonies, or at least to delegate someone to do so? If her religious beliefs so motivated her, would she also decline to perform a wedding for a Muslim couple?

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Italy: France’s Anti Gay Campaigners Cross the Border

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Manif Pour Tous ItalyFrance’s rabidly anti gay group Manif Pour Tous, which organized a series of huge anti ga rallies across France, is setting up shop in Italy. Joe.My.God reports:

France’s NOM-backed anti-gay marriage group Manif Pour Tous, which is now run by a coalition of far-right violent extremists, some of whom call for a Catholic theocracy in France, is taking their campaign to Italy.

Yes, because they were so successful in stopping marriage equality in France.

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France: Understanding the Fight Over Marriage Equality in France

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

ParisAfter the divisive battle over the marriage equality bill in France, US News and World Report has a great recap that dives into the history of the fight, along with a Q&A:

Almost a year after the election of Francois Hollande as the president of France, the country has been facing a series of visceral crises. But none of them has been as dividing and politicized as the one regarding same-sex marriage.

The massive manifestations taking place throughout France in January, and especially on May 26, 2013, opposed to same-sex marriage and advocating for the protection of the traditional heterosexual family have raised important questions about French society. What is the degree of acceptability of the French society? Is French society a bastion of conservatism wrapped in liberalism?

On April 23, 2013, the French Parliament adopted a law on same-sex marriage that was later approved by the Constitutional Council. The first official French gay marriage took place on May 29 between Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau in Montpellier.

Interestingly, according to the French polling agency IFOP, the issue of same-sex marriage is predominantly perceived as a secondary issue, as opposed to the questions of deindustrialization and national debt. And the people who say they are concerned about same-sex marriage are mostly in favour of it, but evenly split on the question of adoption by gay couples.

It’s been amazing to watch the fervor over marriage equality in France, which has an image of being very open to sexuality and “non-traditional” relationships.

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