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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.

Today's Anti-Gay March In France Had A Strict Dress Code

FrancebirdAnti-gay activists held marches across France today to protest President Francois Hollande and others' push for marriage equality, an initiative they're calling "marriage for everyone."

Such groups have proven themselves to be into using costume design to make their point (see picture, right), and today's demonstrations were no exception: pink, blue and white were the colors du jour.

From the Washington Post:

Saturday’s event, entitled “march for everyone,” attracted several thousand people in cities such as Lyon, Marseille and Paris.

There is a dress code of blue, white and pink aimed to put a spin on the French tricolore flag’s traditional colors.

A recent survey found that majority of French favor gay marriage, [while] the support for adoption for gay couples hovers at around 50 percent.

It's unclear how long it will take for Hollande and company to pass marriage equality. The president and his cabinet approved a draft bill earlier this month, but religious and social conservatives, as well as some of Hollande's own socialist party, are increasingly vocal in their opposition and threaten to derail the entire process.

Marriage Equality in France Looking Like Much Less of a Sure Thing

Marriage equality, which a short time ago appeared inevitiable with France's new socialist government led by Francois Hollande, now appears to be much less of a sure thing, the AP reports:

HollandeNow, as the Socialist government prepares to unveil its draft "marriage for everyone" law Wednesday, polls show wavering support for the idea and for the president amid increasingly vocal opposition in this traditionally Catholic country.

And it's not just religious and rural leaders speaking out; top figures within Hollande's own party also are at loggerheads. So the Socialists are dragging their feet, releasing the bill later than planned and delaying parliamentary debate on it until January.

A political hot potato, it has entrenched divisions between urban France, where homosexuality is widely accepted, and rural France, where conservative attitudes hold sway.

Anti-gay noise is being ratched up by rival conservatives as well:

Meanwhile, two prominent conservatives with presidential ambitions are railing against gay marriage as they compete for attention and the leadership of the main opposition party, the UMP. Jean-Francois Cope is calling for mass protests against the Socialists' plans, and Francois Fillon suggested reversing the law if he's elected leader.

All the noise appears to be eroding support for same-sex rights and suggests the bill will be diluted or modified before it reaches a vote. Polls generally still show a majority favour gay marriage, though to a declining degree. And a recent poll by Ifop showed less than half now favour gay adoption, down from more than half in previous polls.

Opposition from Religious Leaders Delays Presentation and Debate of France's Marriage Equality Bill

France is delaying debate on a promised marriage equality bill, the AP reports:

AyraultPrime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault first named Oct. 31 as the date when government ministers would present the law, insisting there would be no backtracking.

But his office said Friday that this date has been pushed back to Nov. 7. And the debate in parliament is now expected to last until January.

On Thursday, France's Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim joined other religious leaders in opposing the plans, while more than 1,200 French mayors and their deputies have signed a petition protesting them.

French President François Hollande Tells UN to Decriminalize Homosexuality Around the World: VIDEO


French President François Hollande yesterday made an historic speech to the UN General Assembly, calling on the body to reject the criminalization of homosexuality around the world.

Hollande told those assembled that France would lead the way in an honorable fight for universal human freedoms:

Said Hollande: "France will continue to engage in all these struggles: for the abolition of the death penalty, for women's rights to equality and dignity, for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality, which should not be recognised as a crime but, on the contrary, recognized as a [sexual] orientation.

He added:"'All members countries have the obligation to guarantee the security of their citizens, and if one nation adheres to this obligation, it is then imperative that we, the United Nations, facilitate the necessary means to make that guarantee. These are the issues that France will lead and defend in the United Nations. I say this with seriousness. When there is paralysis... and inaction, then injustice and intolerance can find their place."

Watch an excerpt of Hollande's speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

Looking for a longer version, with translation. If I find it, I'll swap out.

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France Almost Certain To Adopt Marriage Equality


In an address on Saturday to fellow members of his Socialist Party, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said

In October, we will send a bill to the National Assembly and the Senate to allow same-sex couples to marry. It would also allow them to form families and adopt children.

In so stating, Prime Minister Ayrault keeps a promise made by President Francois Hollande, who's stumped for full marriage equality since his run against Nicholas Sarkozy. (Sarkozy never did support full equality, even when trying to woo back the gays he'd lost to Hollande.) And he's keeping that promise ahead of schedule: Marriage, said Hollande during the campaign, would be a priority of his government in 2013.

With the Socialist president and Socialist prime minister in agreement, a bill legislating marriage equality will pass to the National Assembly and the Senate. The former's controlled by the Socialists. The latter has a left-wing majority. Paris is about to get a lot more romantic.


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