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  1. mld says

    this is rubbish. the organizer of the event was staging a very political action. and when that action was challenged, immediately ceded the location. what message does this send? i understand not wanting violence at this sort of event, but why not consider the repercussions in advance? this is absolutely misguided.

  2. says

    I don’t understand. Nobody does personal liberty and freedom as France does. The greatest of our world’s democracies borrow their model.

    Paris has got Le Marais… the only place where LGBTs are comfortable. It’s pretty sad. We need le PS back in power.

  3. Fred says

    I’m no longer a Christian, but didn’t Jesus teach us to love one another, eschew violence, and follow the golden rule? WWJD? I don’t think Jesus would be throwing around motorcycle helmets LOL…

  4. jamal49 says

    What a great example of non-violent protest!!! This should become a movement, a way to show the simple power of a kiss and the beauty of love between two people. Let the religious bigots get violent. It will show them for what they truly are: hateful, intolerant, and vile.

  5. TANK says

    Piss boy! Oui oui? Yes, lots of it.

    Well there you have it. Peaceful religious lunatics, huh? They don’t exist. When delusion is believed, it almost always turns to violence when reality sneaks up.

  6. walter says

    the french should remember they obtained their freedom lead by a women dressed as a man religion onlr preaches hate 90% of the world’s problem today is the fault of organized religion catholics hate protestants jews hate muslims muslims basically hate everyone including other muslims if there was no religion what would everyone fight about. everyones god is the best maybe the ancient greeks had it right when the gods fought it out/

  7. coolbearinmd says

    There’s just one thing about this I’d like to mention so that Americans who don’t spend much time in Paris don’t get the wrong impression. There are only a few neighborhoods in Paris where same-sex couples would not feel comfortable kissing or holding hands in public (and they’re the same areas where you wouldn’t feel that safe walking at all). Most American visitors to Paris must notice the public smooching is just much more common there than in American cities, and it applies equally to same-sex couples. On a 2-mile walk home on New Year’s Eve this year, we must have encountered 30 same-sex couples kissing in the streets.
    I think kissing is a great form of political performance, but you should not feel that this protest indicates you won’t feel normally feel comfortable kissing your lover in the plaza in front of Notre-Dame, because really, no one will take any notice and some elderly ladies may smile.

  8. says

    Coolbear, when we were in Paris just 10 years ago we saw LOTS of pdas in the Marais — all by straight people, and NO gay kissing whatsoever even in the “gay” neighborhood.

    The people countering the gay kiss in call themselves “Catholics,” by the way, not fundamentalists.

  9. says

    Coolbear, when we were in Paris just 10 years ago we saw LOTS of pdas in the Marais — all by straight people, and NO gay kissing whatsoever even in the “gay” neighborhood.

    The people countering the gay kiss in call themselves “Catholics,” by the way, not fundamentalists.

  10. Alco says

    Most of christians are hypocrites anyway so it shouldn’t come as a surprise!

    And yes, French people love their PDAs

  11. SteveDenver says

    Why didn’t gays just bring big crucifixes that could double as cudgels so they could beat them back?

    Maybe if the kissers had been dressed as priests with little boys, there wouldn’t have been the uproar.

  12. frenchylez says

    @pistolpetey my thoughts exactly! why are they used for if not to protect citizens from violence???!
    geez, talk about double standard…
    though it serves as a great reminder that even in the so called country of free speech, freedom, humanism etc, there are still a lot of progresses to be made!
    it makes me think about something totally off lgbt subject that i saw yesterday about a chinese artist being censored at les beaux arts in paris. a chinese artist censored in paris!can you believe that?! i don’t know but sometimes it just feels like our world is spinning upside down.