France approves gay marriage in parliament

Yesterday morning was a historic moment in France, as parliament voted by a large margin to legalize gay marriage. The haters, led by the Catholic Church, are still upset and have been protesting.  They may not have noticed that the sun still arrived today, just as it has done elsewhere following the approval of marriage equality.

A majority of French voters support gay marriage (63%), and approval for adoption by gay parents is nearly 50%. Despite an image abroad that France is a lefty paradise of some sort, I’m actually surprised that the support levels are so high. France is a very conservative country that often dislikes change, even if, like much of Europe, it’s not very religious.

Church attendance levels are very low, but those who go are vocal. The protests against equality were primarily funded by the Catholic Church and the center-right political groups who were eager to use the issue to divide people. (Think of the GOP in 2004.) Thankfully, the extremist bigots are about to go lose badly.

Despite the often stubborn refusal to change anything, French president Hollande has managed to follow through on one of his campaign promises. The debate will continue a bit longer but it looks like marriage equality will become a reality in France in the next few weeks.

BBC News:

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President Francois Hollande’s Socialists and their left-wing supporters backed it, opposed by many opposition UMP and centrist MPs.

The proposals have generated protests and counter-protests for months.

Opinion polls suggest that around 55-60% of French people support gay marriage, though only about 50% approve of gay adoption.

Correspondents say the ease with which the article passed suggests the bill as a whole will pass.

Debates are expected to go on for more than a week, as MPs discuss hundreds of amendments, most of them filed by the centre-right opposition.


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  • UncleBucky

    That de-baptizing movement is getting strong.

    Here’s an article from Argentina:

    El grupo Apostasía Colectiva – NO EN MI NOMBRE (Spanish)
    http://www.apostasiacolectiva.org/

  • Ninong

    Check out this different approach to depicting two gay men on a wedding cake: http://money.msn.com/now/post.aspx?post=ac667611-c781-4f7c-b759-5d5065544cb4
    It avoids the stereotypical bride & groom approach that many straight people think of when they think of a gay couple.

  • Don Chandler

    I’d heard that there was recently a defection of catholics in Holland after the Popes anti-gay Christmas ravings. Some sort of de-baptizing movement.

  • hollywoodstein

    Stinky cheese, Meursault, and now Marriage Equality, what’s not to love?

  • hollywoodstein

    Correlation doesn’t mean causation is a valid cautionary point, but it can also be vapid since correlation also does not mean not causation. Par example, I don’t see too many atheists carrying around signs saying, Skepticism Hates Fags!

  • hollywoodstein

    Et en France.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Is that anti-equality group still using Abba’s paean to infidelity and an abusive relationship, “Mama Mia,” as their unauthorized theme song? And has anybody bothered to explain the meaning of the lyrics to them?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “Correlation doesn’t mean causation, of course.” Well, consider this: The Society of the Spectacle—– http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/debord/

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    :Despite an image abroad that France is a lefty paradise” France is to America as Rolls Royce is to the Pinto.

  • Drew2u

    Correlation doesn’t mean causation, of course.

    Besides, the Immigration bill does not include Binational Gay Couples because Sen. McCain (Nag) would shake his cane at it.

  • hollywoodstein

    Anyone notice the recent advance in gay rights has corresponded with a drop in religiosity in the US?

  • S1AMER

    And once again I say: “Vive la France!”

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