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  1. Meanwhile in Britain…
    Is that tumbleweed rolling by?

    1. Indeed it is!
      But France is a secular state that isn’t hampered by an established church that has unelected employees sitting in one of its parliaments debating chambers.
      So we in the UK have to faff and fart to appease a minority group of men in frocks who are in the grip of delusion that there is a sky fairy looking over their shoulders.

      1. But the irony of it all is that the Church was created by Parliament, and has always been subservient to it. And they’re using this issue of all things to attempt a coup…

  2. Pavlos Prince of Greece 10 Oct 2012, 9:48pm

    Excellent news. But how sad, that this will happen just one week before defeat of Obama. Or still is ‘miracle democratique’ possible in both sides of Atlantic?

    1. That There Other David 10 Oct 2012, 10:32pm

      The US election could still go either way. I’d put money on Romney imploding again before polling day. The man just can’t help himself.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 11 Oct 2012, 12:37pm

      Why would you say Obama will be defeated? Wait until you hear Romney and Ryan’s views on abortion which they both want to ban from the U.S. Not going to sit well with women voters who outnumber men at the polling booth and that’s just one social issue.

      1. Bobbleobble 11 Oct 2012, 5:00pm

        Things are tight in the US at the moment especially after Obama’s woeful debate performace. But I think like everyone else he was just stunned that Romney completely reinvented himself right there on TV. I don’t think anyone could have been prepared for that. The polls were going stringly against Obama for a while but he’s starting to eke back a lead in some of the important states. Romney got a bounce and Obama lost some of his but it’s still looking fairly good and Obama has an incredible ground crew to get out the vote.

  3. Vive la France !

    They’re certainly showing us how things should be done, no messing about.

    Good to see another Roman Catholic country doing what’s right.

    Equal Marriage is now becoming the default status for western Europe, so hopefully that will set a good precedent for the UK.

  4. That There Other David 10 Oct 2012, 10:33pm

    Wonderful news from France. Makes our government look increasingly backwards with its dithering doesn’t it?

  5. While here in Britain, ministers and the like continue to squabble over the entire issue to appease the ‘doom-predictors’ emanating from the church/religious groups…..

    1. GingerlyColors 11 Oct 2012, 7:17am

      If we are still here on December the 22nd, the day after the Mayan Calender runs out and the world is supposed to have ended, then as the ‘doom-predictors’ would have got it wrong I am sure that our government will have no qualms about allowing marriage equality.

      1. in fairness the end of the world has been predicted countless times in the best (at least) 5000ish years though i suppose they only have to be right once so statisticly speaking they should get there eventualy :D

  6. Its good to see that centre-left/ left wing governments really care about the social welfare of there citizens. Well done to France. :)

  7. Cannot wait until this becomes a reality!

  8. GingerlyColors 11 Oct 2012, 7:14am

    With marriage equality on it’s way in France and hopefully soon after, in Ireland, I hope that this will influence our government to do likewise. France has always been famously liberal when it comes to sex and it is 221 years since Revolutionary France led the way in Europe by decriminalizing homosexuality.

  9. Britain may have beaten them in the Olympics but the French are way ahead in this much more important issue. Vive La France!

  10. France has always been a great country. Good news!

  11. Robert in S. Kensington 11 Oct 2012, 12:45pm

    It’s only happening faster in France because of its extraordinary position in not having to rely on conservative votes to push it through, the situation we face in the UK.

    Nonetheless, it is equally extraordinary that France is doing it in an unprecedented short period of time, faster than any iof he countries where it is legal with hardly any national debate, no consultation and no foot-dragging. This will light a fire under the rest of the EU member states especially the UK since France has a lot more influence in the EU, second only to Germany.

    1. Prresumably one of the reasons why the right wing of the Tory party and the libertarian right represented by UKIP as well as the hard right BNP want Britain out of the EU and pulled out of the ECHR is to try to prevent Britain from taking up liberal causes and implementing them in policies such as equal marriage.

      1. That There Other David 11 Oct 2012, 3:13pm

        Unfortunately for such people the polls also show a majority of Brits want marriage equality here, even more so if you go north into Scotland. Their anti-equality train hasn’t got much steam left, regardless of whether England* is in the EU or not.

        * Specific there because UKIP and BNP are nothing of the sort.

    2. Bobbleobble 11 Oct 2012, 5:05pm

      One thing’s for certain, there’ll be no movement in Germany until Merkel’s gone since she’s staunchly opposed. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like that’s changing any time soon.

      1. Tim Chapman 11 Oct 2012, 9:21pm

        Yes, Merkel is our enemy.

  12. Makes Cameron look like a three-legged donkey crawling backwards in a steeplechase. I’m so embarassed to be British!

    Vive la France!

  13. Viva la France. They really are going for their motto of Liberté, Egalité et Fraternité (Freedom, equality and brotherhood).
    I’m proud to have French parents who enjoy such a progressive country.

  14. Well done France!! :-)

  15. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 14 Oct 2012, 2:10pm

    Well it is a good start for France on soon allowing same sex marriage and adoption rights for married same sex couples. However unmarried same sex couples still should be allowed to adopt children and equal IVF access should be available for both single and lesbian women.

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