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France Expected to Approve Marriage Equality Today in Final Vote: VIDEO

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The French National Assembly is set to give its final approval today on marriage equality:

The bill, which would also give same-sex couples the right to adopt, was approved in the Senate earlier this month.
Since no amendments have been made during debate in the lower house, it will be the final vote on the legislation. The measure is expected to pass.

The left, which includes President Francois Hollande's governing Socialist Party, dominates the National Assembly, where the bill was approved by a large majority in February on its first reading.

Hollande will have to sign the bill before it becomes law.

More anti-gay rallies are expected after the vote today. As you know, there has been much violence associated with the opposition.

Security is tight:

Police say legions of officers and a small battery of water cannons were at France's National Assembly on Tuesday to prevent a repeat of previous street violence. A spokesman for the police union UNSA, Christophe Crepin, said the extraordinary security was in place to protect the city's gay community.

Here's video of a rally that took place last week in Toulouse in southern France in which a group called Hommen Toulouse demonstrated in the city's Charles de Gaulle Sqare where they burned the letters of the word democracy, gave speeches, and stood shirtless and gagged, with anti-gay messages on their bodies.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. note that it still will not be a done deal after today's vote; the constitutional council has to voice its opinion (upon appeal by some lawmakers) on the constitutionality of the law or of parts of the law. should take less than 1 month. fingers crossed.

    Posted by: daftpunkdavid | Apr 23, 2013 7:57:03 AM


  2. "and stood shirtless and gagged"

    Hmmm, just how I like my men... And those are supposed to be the anti-gay crowd?

    Posted by: Snownova | Apr 23, 2013 8:04:11 AM


  3. is that the KKK?

    Posted by: David C. | Apr 23, 2013 8:21:28 AM


  4. If this is in France, why have the anti-gay, shirtless protestors written their messages on their chests in English?

    Posted by: anonymous | Apr 23, 2013 8:21:40 AM


  5. And sang from Phantom of the Opera to prove their straight creds. What a joke. I hope that a gay guy among them tricked them into looking so stupid. And gagged so that we didn't have to hear their stupid comments. Tired. They were probably paid.

    Also, they're all men. Oh that's right. Women usually care a lot less.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 23, 2013 8:22:10 AM


  6. Has Brian Brown or whoever is leading the French chapter of NOM condemned the threats and violence of the anti protests? I didn't think so. The overly dramatic aspects I don't mind, but the threats and violence I do.

    Posted by: james | Apr 23, 2013 8:25:09 AM


  7. @Paul R, forgive me if I am wrong, but I grew up memorizing Phantom and whatever they're singing in't from Phantom- it's a nationalistic song.

    To me, this is scary and very troubling. These are young guys! now, there are young, college-age guys here in the US who don't like gays and who would do things to show their displeasure with marriage equality laws, but... in France? A very Catholic country, yes, but very much less Catholic than even the US.

    Can't help but feel the Socialist party hasn't done the groundwork of convincing more of the populace- and the same might go for the gay community there as well. Maybe they should've spent more time advertising and debating and convincing people, instead of rushing right into it..... yes, I believe in marriage equality- I think it was always right, but if gay people feel and are less safe there because of this- how does that help? Would it have hurt to have spent more time debating and convincing more people?

    Posted by: scott | Apr 23, 2013 8:45:08 AM


  8. There has always been a large-ish far right party in France. The polar opposite of the current ruling party. Neo nazis, fascist thugs, ultra religious extremists, etc. Usually they are out bashing the ethnic minorities.... That they have managed to gather the catholics and rural farmers is no surprise. Demonstrations in France are a dime a dozen and on any given week Paris will be closed down by tractors, cows, mothers with baby buggies, pet owners, hair dressers..... The French protest like we watch reality tv.

    Today they will vote and the country will move on.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Apr 23, 2013 8:59:06 AM


  9. Hey, scottie boy, they've been debating it for months. Get a clue.

    Posted by: Josh | Apr 23, 2013 9:08:24 AM


  10. Maybe they should take a cue from the gays and get to the gym... plenty of pigeon chests and scrawny arms here

    Posted by: Remote Patrolled | Apr 23, 2013 9:37:55 AM


  11. France just does not get protest...

    Posted by: Fenrox | Apr 23, 2013 9:52:13 AM


  12. ...a very erotic form of protest if I do say so myself.

    Posted by: manbot | Apr 23, 2013 9:55:18 AM


  13. @Scott,

    Most American Catholics are not hardcore. Most hardcore Catholics in the U.S. are new immigrants especially from Latin America. And many of those folks actually abandon the Catholic church for evangelical Protestant denominations because they don't think Catholics are hardcore enough.

    Why would it surprise people there are 'conservatives' in France or anywhere else in Europe? Or that there are genuine far right people? Of course there are. I think some people, both American and European, get confused because they don't fully understand the political system and how laws get passed and governments function in their respective countries. Simply put, it's easier due to the way political systems are set up, to get stuff like gay marriage passed into law in European countries than in the U.S. European countries tend to be for one thing highly centralized compared to the U.S., which is geographically, culturally, and population-wise, far larger and more diverse. The national governments in Europe tend to have more power over the whole nation compared to the federal government in the U.S., which shares power with individual state governments. The U.S. is a more complicated set-up

    Much of this is actually about the opposition political parties in France busting Francois Hollande's balls. They know he's down, with very low popularity ratings, and smell blood.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 23, 2013 10:26:55 AM


  14. Those Hommens are cowards.

    And I like their jeans, but who taught them how to dress?! They need two gay dads.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 23, 2013 5:13:12 PM


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