Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Gay Marriage Bill Passes in France

Gay marriage is now legal in France (or will be in June). The law passed the Assembly on second reading by a vote of 331 to 225, with 10 abstentions. Apparently one of those yes votes was cast by Henri Guaino, a leading opponent of the bill, who says he "made a mistake."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What struck me is how vicious some of the opponents were, compared to other European countries. The same issues were raised but only in France did you hear "there will be blood". I can't help but contrast the public's reaction in New Zealand and the public's reaction in France (inside the chamber, at the end of the vote).

Passerby said...

Hopefully this will put to an end this whole "debate". The non-stop media coverage was just overwhelming. A few more weeks of daily Frigide Barjot interviews and I would have lost my sanity...


It was surprising to see how it became overnight a hot-topic; while none raised their concerns when Hollande included same-sex marriage in his program.

Anonymous said...

When changes generally regarded as 'left wing' happen under a centre-right or right wing government (as in New Zealand or, potentially, the UK) there's a lot less potential for divisiveness. If gay marriage had been passed under Sarkozy I doubt there'd have been as much fuss.
Then again, this is France. Both for better and for worse, it's more likely to see protests than many other countries.

Either way, I don't think the opposition to gay marriage is greater (in percentage of the population) than that in other countries facing similar changes.