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French president U-turns on same-sex marriage opt-out idea

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  1. Kim Berlin 22 Nov 2012, 1:23pm

    As always, to understand the discrimination that exists currently and in all of the proposals, if you simply replace “same sex marriage” with terms like “asian and caucasian”, “black and white” then you easily see how this issue is an issue that should be resolved in the same way that civil rights are resolved.

  2. Lets hope he keeps his word this time and does not pander to the bigots again

  3. Grow some balls Mr Hollande, say something and stick to it. Do not give in to the religious lot.

    France has separation of church and state and any Mayor who is against the law should reconsider their position

    1. Cardinal Capone 22 Nov 2012, 4:04pm

      Which is prostrate to the pope.

      1. billywingartenson 4 Dec 2012, 4:40am

        whiel their kiddies are bent over and the church experiements with seeing if it can get more followers to control and corrupt, by making little boys pregnant.

    2. Bill (Scotland) 22 Nov 2012, 8:20pm

      “Grow some balls Mr Hollande, say something and stick to it.” – LOL, well from what I’ve heard his own personal [love]-life seems to be dominated by trying to navigate between the two ladies in his life ;) I hope he does keep to what he has committed himself to do, but he does seem like someone who bends to what the last person to speak to him (or to threaten him) told him to do.

  4. Without égalité, there can be no fraternité.

  5. The French presidents are exactly known for keeping their word – pathetic, spineless fool!

  6. Dont knock it till you’ve tried it xx

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 22 Nov 2012, 3:16pm

    As I commented on a previous article relating to Hollande, no employer should have to tolerate a religious nutter telling him or her what he or she will not do in relation to their job description or contract of employment. Since Mayors are not paid by the Roman cult but by the government, then they are compelled to perform a public service for everyone, regardless of their beliefs and irrespective of the gender of the couple. In the real world of course, none of us would keep our jobs for that long if we flagrantly refused abide by the rules of employment.

    Now I wonder if those same mayors would refuse to marry a hetero divorced couple in keeping with their religious beliefs? I don’t think anyone has thought about that least of all the French government.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 22 Nov 2012, 3:17pm

      …flagrantly refused to abide… I meant to have said.

  8. Pavlos Prince of Greece 22 Nov 2012, 3:49pm

    Was this all strange story just clever attempt to make French gay community more happy with current project of same-sex marriage law – without artificial insemination for lesbian couples? Just politics, nothing personal?


  10. Craig Nelson 22 Nov 2012, 9:42pm

    The handling has not been very deft considering the time they’ve had to think about it and the fact that it was clearly in the presidential campaign promises as well as the proposals of the government in the legislative election plus the fact the socialists have an absolute majority in the lower house (and active support from the greens and the hard left) and control the Senate. Oh well, they’ll get there in the end….

  11. If some mayors cannot perform their her duties because of their personal convictions they should be let go as professionally unfit for the job. They should seek other employment that is in accordance with their personal views.

  12. Well good for him and us that he can listen to what people think and react positively.

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