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France: A quarter of a million rally for same-sex marriage in Paris and Lyon

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  1. Not a mention on BBC news so far, yet the anti march a few weeks ago reached the screen?

    1. Brett Gibson 27 Jan 2013, 7:31pm

      The anti-gay rally march was front page news on their website. I’ve always felt that the BBC are closeted homophobes.

      1. “closeted”?

        they have been out for a LONG time.

    2. Police estimates – which tend to be the most impartial and therefore accurate – put the anti-gay marriage demo at three times the number of today’s march, so clearly it only made a third of the impact.

      Perhaps the BBC deemed that not to warrant coverage?

      Just saying.

      1. Police estimates, impartial? In which world do you live. The police, in EVERY country on this earth, serve only their political masters, not the people. Every single police estimate, for ANY given demonstration, serves a political aim, wether we like it or not.

        1. Someone once told me you’re only likely to get a close estimate form the fire brigade: the organisers want to inflate the numbers; the police say whatever their paymasters tell them.

          No idea how much truth there is in that.

      2. SO the other side of a debate doesn’t warrant coverage? Ah, no, of course not. Only one side to this debate…

      3. Washthatoutnow 27 Jan 2013, 11:59pm

        People who use that absurd expression ‘just saying’ never have anything worth saying in the first place.

    3. GingerlyColors 28 Jan 2013, 12:29am

      The same BBC that buried it’s head in the sand over Jimmy Savile?

      1. At least we are unanimous on that point.

  2. Vive la France!

  3. Just tried leaving a comment with the BBC but the line is *temporarily* out of order.

    1. I made a complaint via the online complaints process, and I demanded a reply. If what it says on the site is true, all complaints are passed around the BBC automatically in a daily bulletin. Might be worth as many of us a possible making a complaint.

      1. One can only hope the complaints reach the right people. I have complained a few times recently of anti-Gay bias. I get replies full of assurances of impartiality but things don’t seen to change. I really don’t want to believe the BBC are homophobic but….. They need to officially answer these serious charges of bias.

        1. Yes, if it doesn’t change a complain to a higher authority might be needed.

  4. Its good to see so many people being mobilised in France – Hope same sex marriage would be introduced soon

  5. That There Other David 27 Jan 2013, 8:01pm

    I don’t care if the BBC don’t notice, as long as the French Parliament pay close attention. Once marriage equality is passed in France we’ll see whether the BBC will shake off their anti-gay bias and report the good news.

  6. Since moving to France from England I have noticed a huge difference in how the media portrays LGBT news. TV shows in England feature LGBT characters in all shows and there are many famous gay people on English TV and radio. But here it is not the case.. The media make out like we do not exist! Even today because the people that rallied for the Pro-gay demonstration were not as many that protested against gay-marriage and adoption etc they have put on twitter #floppourtous ‘flop for all’. President François Hollande is standing by his word to legalize marriage and adoption and the possibility of PMA even though he has received opposition mainly from Frigide Barjot who really doesn’t have a leg to stand on the stuff she has done in the past! Equality for all x

    1. The media here like LGBT to be funny and fluffy, good entertainment value but not to be taken seriously where equality is concerned.

      1. But people love the gays lol! Rylan Clark won Big Brother lol, just as Brian Dowling did who may I say has an amazing relationship with Emma Willis (They are just too cute). But on the x Factor they were like oh christ here goes Rylan again – trying to sing!
        I just can’t ever seeing this happening on the scale it has in France in England. And in The Netherlands (quote) ‘Dutch Catholics Getting ‘De-Baptized’ To Protest Anti-Gay’. But the media portray the anti-gay protest all the time. I have never had any problems from other people just because I am gay here or in England. I wouldn’t stand for it anyway. But The Church of Ireland was disestablished as early as 1871; the Church in Wales was disestablished in 1920 and France was 1905 but not England. They always play the ‘LGBTs threaten religious freedom’ card.

        1. You speak about things you don’t know….A openly gay man won big brother in 2002, another won the french x factor in 2006, and another (an english guy) who is openly bisexual, won x factor in 2011….another openly guy won dancing with the stars some weeks ago….and we have lot of gay peoples in tv, radio etc….and all medias said the demonstration of yesterday was a succes, even Le Figaro, newspaper against the law but your speak about a obsure website…
          Anyway the same sex marriage bill will be debated in the French parliament tomorrow for 2 weeks (weekend included). You have to live ( and learn) more about France before proclaiming things you did not know !!

  7. Given that both Françous Hollande and the Socialist party made it clear that they would legislate for marriage equality if they won the elections last year (which they did) it sounds to me as if the opposition is being flagrantly anti-democratic.

    A further relevant point here is that the current French partnership system PACS is much weaker even than UK civil partnerships.

    This really should be a no-brainer.

    1. I have just read in the Guardian that the percentage in favour of SSM in the general population in France has gone from 60% to 63%.

      1. And adoption from 46% to 49% !!

  8. Marcwebbo3 27 Jan 2013, 9:15pm

    Something like this should happen here…the pro-gay marriage supporters havent been forceful enough and considering the head of the Christian Peoples Alliance Sid Cordle is calling for all christians to take to the streets to protest we really need to be doing something even though the law looks certain to change in our favour

  9. Magnifique!

  10. shame on these people for standing up for perversion, disgusting

    1. Hello, troll. Why did you come here to make this silly, pointless comment?

    2. Washthatoutnow 28 Jan 2013, 12:02am

      Honi soit qui mal y pense, trollette!

    3. Jock S. Trap 28 Jan 2013, 10:29am

      I know Delbert… good innit that people are willing to stand up to bigots…. like you!

      Also this comment coming from those who cannot think about anything but what a person does in bed!!

      Hypocrite much Delbert!

  11. GingerlyColors 28 Jan 2013, 12:33am

    A better turnout than for the anti-marriage equality rally. As in the UK, it is only a matter of time before same-sex marriages are introduced in France.

  12. Matt of Thattage 28 Jan 2013, 2:10am

    The anti-gay rioters must feel a *little* bit small right now, heh.

  13. Why isn’t PN investigating and reporting on BBC’s bias? We can’t expect equal coverage from the BBC. But we should demand coverage of media bias from the gay media. Otherwise, they are complicit.

  14. I don’t know about France now, but wasn’t it always considered more liberal about sexual matters in the past? Oscar Wilde was advised by his friends to escape there just before the trial (but didn’t). And writers like James Joyce could get published in Paris when they couldn’t in London.

  15. PeterinSydney 28 Jan 2013, 9:48am

    Well done France, that will show up the Catholic Bishop gay haters.

  16. PeterinSydney 28 Jan 2013, 9:49am

    Congratulations France and good luck.

  17. Jock S. Trap 28 Jan 2013, 10:27am

    Nice one but as stated nothing on the BBC. They have made it clear they support C4M in their bigotry. They refuse to publish anything positive about marriage equality and they refuse to remain impartial.

    I’d like to see PinkNews investigate the BBC since the BBC expects us all to pay for them.

  18. ScottishGayGuy 28 Jan 2013, 10:45am

    If the BBC continue with their biased reporting, I suggest complaints go to OFCOM. They may start to listen then!

  19. I am aware of at least one report about yesterday’s demo in Paris, shown on the BBC news channel.

    The BBC Christmas Day news reports were deliberately crafted in order to deceive. Check out my blog posts on 20th & 14th January 2013.

    http://newsround-bias.blogspot.co.uk/

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