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French LGBT Rights Group Blasts President Francois Hollande for 'Treachery' on Gay Marriage

France's leading gay rights lobby is denouncing remarks made by President Francois Hollande, France 24 reports:

HollandeThe Inter-LGBT said it was "suspending all relations with the government" until Hollande explained "what at best can be termed a clumsy act and at worse, treachery."

Hollande stirred controversy on Tuesday by saying that French mayors could opt out of officiating at gay weddings. He invoked the right to "freedom of conscience" after mounting opposition and a huge rally in Paris Saturday against the proposed "marriage for everyone" law.

Hollande's government has come under fire from Catholic groups and the right-wing opposition over the bill.

Mayors were obliged to apply the law if parliament voted to allow gay marriage, said Hollande: but "their options for delegation to deputies could be widened."

Hollande's government insist the comments are not backtracking.

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  1. Keep in mind that France, like most of continental Europe, has mandatory civil marriage. You MUST get married at city hall first, even if you want a church wedding later. So even if they exempt mayors they can't exempt all clerks or civil officiants.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 21, 2012 10:57:17 AM

  2. France has a history of rolling over...(ducking)

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Nov 21, 2012 11:01:00 AM

  3. Exemptions are for religious leaders; public servants are not excused. In a secular democracy, government employees must resign or be fired if they refuse to perform their duties because said duties conflict with their religious or personal beliefs. Are you sure this is happening in France? Voltaire must be rolling in his grave right now.

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Nov 21, 2012 11:31:51 AM

  4. I totally would not be surprised if Hollande's government finds some excuse to delay the bill.

    Posted by: KT | Nov 21, 2012 11:38:15 AM

  5. So? Why would you want to be married by someone who hates you and likely would do little to hide it?

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 21, 2012 11:46:54 AM

  6. I think many Americans, especially progressive Americans, out of genuine ignorance and in some a desire to think otherwise, have confused ideas about Euro-style Democratic Socialism [let's just call it Euro-Socialism]. Aside from especially Sweden [which is in reality a quasi-fascist corporate state with strong socialist leanings, which is useful in controlling the populace] 'Socialism' was really primarily about economics, and the average European voted for it 99% of the time for economic reasons, not for social policies like gay rights, gay marriage, etc., By comparison, 'Progressive' movement in the U.S. is strongly aligned with leftist social policies. Many of these policies are far from the mainstream, even in Europe. Although I think most French people [and most Americans outside of the south and a few isolated western states] don't have any real problem with gay civil unions and even marriage, no one should be surprised there's a strong 'reactionary' element in France, or Europe as a whole, because from living there, I can tell you there certainly is.

    What happens when a leftwing [or ostensibly leftist; pretty much all leaders at the level of president or prime minister are opportunist more than anything else] leader wins an election and must now govern [such as in France and the U.S.], they move to the center, even center-right, because this is the only way they can reasonably govern, even in Europe, because this is where political, social and economic gravity is located.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 21, 2012 1:24:43 PM

  7. Hollande's already walked back his remarks. The right wing loons who were protesting last weekend are the same loons who protested in equal numbers the PACS (civil unions) several years ago. Now they've totally accepted civil unions. These anti-gay protestors are regarded for the most part as catholic extremists. The law will pass. After several years the protestors will have accepted SSM just as they have come to accept civil unions.

    Posted by: candide001 | Nov 21, 2012 3:33:35 PM

  8. This is just a political move by the right. Just to oppose the Socialists for opposition sake. A lot like the GOP trying to make Obama a one-term president.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 21, 2012 3:48:48 PM

  9. Hollande will wind up folding. He is starting out looking very weak indeed.

    Posted by: niles | Nov 22, 2012 5:48:53 AM

    400 gay activists protested against the French president. Where are those thousands of people who took part in gay prides?

    Posted by: simon | Nov 22, 2012 9:11:44 AM

  11. In other news:
    The French president has met with the spokesman of the gay group to assure them the "freedom of conscience" clause won't be in the law. The group has planned a protest on Dec 16 to show their strength.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 22, 2012 9:18:06 AM

  12. let them look like the bigots they are.

    They will further dig deeper the grave of the VAT and its leader RATZInger

    Posted by: billywingartenson | Nov 23, 2012 2:51:54 AM

  13. Cheese eating surrender monkey!!!

    Posted by: Pitt90 | Nov 24, 2012 6:27:34 AM

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