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  1. That There Other David 12 Apr 2013, 1:29pm

    Wonderful news (although a couple of hours late PN). Although it’ll take a few months before same-sex couples in France can actually marry there are now no hurdles for it becoming law. That’s 13 countries in total now, with more nations and US states openly debating.

    BTW, nothing on the BBC website at all. I see they’re still sticking with the idea that marriage equality is something Nick Clegg and David Cameron have dreamed up between them….

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 12 Apr 2013, 4:22pm

      I’ve heard nothing either from the BBC, we probably won’t. Instead the opposition here will probably spin the Manif pour Tous protest to call for a referendum to withdraw the legislation on May 26th. I can just hear the bleating from C4M/CI. This is very bad news for them and those in Parliament who voted no. They were convinced it wouldn’t succeed. So two demos, one with 340,000 and the others with 300,000 and less than 2,000 in London didn’t do them one bit of good.

    2. This is all they have on it:, though I wouldn’t have seen it without specifically searching for it. The anti-equality rally on the other hand was front page news. It’s clear from the article they’re tiptoeing around the homophobes, same with this one: even just going by the title: “Paris protest against ‘homophobia’ in gay marriage row”.

    3. Robert in S. Kensington 12 Apr 2013, 5:15pm

      Nothing in the Mail or Telegraph either, how convenient. Do they really think the rest of the country and their readership won’t find out? Delusional!

      Not a bleat from C4M and the other hate groups either.

      1. With regards to the Mail after gay people, French people come pretty high on the list of people they hate.

    4. Robert in S. Kensington 12 Apr 2013, 5:17pm

      The Guardian had an article on it in the World News section and a video of the live vote.

    5. The bbc is a homophobic institution, so no surprises that they should actually have any positive coverage of the LGBT communities, whom the bbc despise.

  2. Fraternity, liberty, equality! Well done France! 13 is your lucky number!

  3. Spanner1960 12 Apr 2013, 1:52pm

    Fantastic news.
    Considering the French are a highly Catholic and Muslim country, it is good to see even this can be overcome. I just find it a bit of a shame they managed to beat us to it.

    Nevertheless, I look forward to the same happening on this side of the channel very soon.

    1. France is a very secular(non-religious) country if not the most secular in the world.Actually most opposition was not religious(of course they did have much influence but not the biggest ) .Lets hope the grotesque Charade of protests and demonstrations is over and that french LGBT community can enjoy their upcoming rights without any major problems

  4. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 12 Apr 2013, 2:16pm

    Well done France, but I am very disappointed that IVF access and parentage for lesbian women is not included in the bill. Also Portugal also allows SSM, but strangely still bans adoption and IVF access and parentage to same sex couples as well.

    Both Portugal and France are now having the same sort of laws!

    Uruguay only just last week too, wow we are making huge progress!!!!!

    New Zealand next week having a final vote on with the third and final reading!

    Then Columbia in July 2013 – by a Constitutional Court order!

    United Kingdom in 2015 (Scotland, England and Wales only)

    Australia sometime in 2050, on another planet!

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 12 Apr 2013, 4:13pm

      Paul, the UK may well be this year if not by no later than February of 2014 if the Parliament Act has to be invoked. The Parliament Act would delay it by one year from the date it originally passed in the Commons which was February 5th, 2013. So by February 5th 2014, it will be the law of the land.

  5. Quite apart from the pleasure of reading this, there’s the additional delight of knowing that people who oppose these developments will probably be having cardiac arrests as a result of France and Uruguay both capitulating within a week.

    1. I think that 2013 will be a watershed moment for LGBT rights in whole world and this gives me hope for the future.Now we have to look what will the USA do

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 12 Apr 2013, 10:49pm

      Certainly food for thought for the HoL when they get the bill in May. There’s no way we’re going to be outdone by France. I’ve noticed a deafening silence from the opposition this week. Even the BBC news gave a short acknowledgement. France is a major player in the EU. What happened today is very significant for the rest of the block.

  6. Oh, my goodness! It’s happening. It’s going to become a reality! Wonderful news.

    Let’s see how the millions in France who have resisted this so vehemently will respond.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 12 Apr 2013, 4:17pm

      Imagine the discomfort among the Tory back benchers knowing equal marriage is right in our own back yard and fast approaching these shores. The French vote is significant in that France is one of the five permanent members of the UN.

      The likes of Sharon James, Colin Hart, Ann Widdecombe, Anna Minichiello, Tory MPs Tim Loughton and David Burrowes, Lord Carey, Archbigots Welby and Nichols won’t be happy campers today. Two more catholic countries in one week, amazing. Take note all ye bigots in the House of Lords.

  7. Jock S. Trap 12 Apr 2013, 3:09pm

    Excellent, congratulations France.

    Here’s hoping we’re not far behind.

  8. Liberté, égalité, fraternité (Liberty, equality, fraternity) is the national motto of France. Amazing therefore that it’s taken so long for the ‘equality’ bit to happen. Mind you, as in most places, religion has been vociferous in stirring up gay hatred. But, in spite of the twisted hate-mongers, justice and fairness has triumphed. Well done France!

  9. Vive la France! Liberté, égalité, fraternité!

    I read that only a minority of Catholics even attend Mass, so who the fuck do they think they are telling same-sex couples that they cannot marry? What right did they have to even protest against this?

    “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

  10. So why were all those hateful french pigs doing here demonstrating about hetro only marriage?

  11. PeterinSydney 12 Apr 2013, 8:18pm

    Vive la France!!!

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