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France: President Hollande urges calm following violent equal marriage protests

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  1. Well done to the French Government and to all the friends of the LGBT Community a big thank you. And toall those who opposed the new bill…. get over it and let everyone move along and forward together as one peoples. You have nothing to be afraid of from us or from the Lord God Who made us.

  2. From 3K+ miles it’s at first a bit jarring to hear of the protests. We (or shall I say THIS) American considers France to be so much more progressive than the US when it comes to social issues. But upon further consideration, the fact that the law is not a ‘given’ gives us hope.

    1. Nice article on that link, thanks Brenda.

      (Can’t understand why people have given you thumbs-down. Your final line saying “the fact that the law is not a ‘given’ gives us hope” is ambiguous. Maybe you could assure people that you didn’t mean to say that THE NEW LEGISLATION IN FRANCE “is not a given”! I feel certain that you meant that “the law”, in general, CAN be changed?)

  3. Shame on Hollande. He should be condemning the protesters as the neo-fascist pigscum that they are.

    There is no valid opposition to marriage equality.

    1. I think that he has condemned them recently, if he hasn’t he should do.

      But on the other hand he has stuck by a promise, he said that he would push this through and he has despite a lot of opposition and we should be thankful for that.

  4. I call the opposition here Morons in France they are Crétins.

    1. Whether here in the UK or in France, and whether one derides them as morons or cretins, they are unfortunately religious and religious people totally believe that an Almighty Great Pixie in the Sky IS ON THEIR SIDE.

      So despite Monseiur Hollande pleading for the opposition to “move on”, we know that the religious harbour and nurture rebellion in their hearts. They’ll be in their churches, synagogues, and mosques this Sunday and Friday praying to their Nonexistent God to forgive them for failing him by failing to defeat Same Sex Marriage in France. They’ll be praying their Nonexistent God to give them strength to keep up the fight. They’ll be vowing to their Nonexistent God that they will not give up the fight.

      Look at anywhere on Earth where there is a dispute or a war fuelled by religious devotion. Look at Northern Ireland. Religious conviction is still causing violence there. The religious just don’t give up their delusions.

  5. Xavier Bongibault 24 Apr 2013, 3:01pm

    The main problem of M. Hollande is: he thinks, that he will resist against “Manif Pour Tous” like Louis XIV against “La Fronde”. But he is only Louis XVI.

    1. And who is M. Bongibault? What is he about? Why does he deride people who stand for social justice? What is his problem? Why does he choose to be contrary?

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 24 Apr 2013, 3:37pm

        Monsieur Bongivault is a spokesperson for Manif pour Tous and a deeply closeted self-loather I bet. We can deduce that his god didn’t answer his prayers yesterday, no surprise there. I’m not even sure if this M. Bongivault posting here is actually him. He also needs to get to a decent hair salon. Bleached blondes are so passé. I don’t think he wants to be outdone by that other religious bleached blonde half-wit, Frigide Barjot.

        1. I thought he was openly gay?

    2. LostInFrance 24 Apr 2013, 4:56pm

      dreaming your new pope will destroy modernity so you frenzied sociopaths can continue to live in the shadows of the vaticans hatred
      You bring shame to the year 2013 with your priest-like fear of sexuality. France will continue to flourish, as have Spain, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and very soon the UK.
      Stop sending your pathetic church crazy pack animals to protest. You are wasting your time, as you wasted eurostar tickets went the catholic churches in France demanded action also on the streets of London last month.
      Your attempts are inutile and your name with forever belong to gay shame in the history books along with your other peroxide heroine, the aptly self named Frigide. You have found your 15 minutes and sourly disappointed not only modern thinking French citizens but also the world. You and Frigide have been plastered on international newspapers, and whilst you lap up your glory, I’ll see your mug in 5 years when every country in Europe accepts the bill

    3. Daniel Howard 25 Apr 2013, 3:19pm

      The words of an imbecile unable to admit defeat and whose mind is clouded with hatred. France will have same-sex marriage whether you like it or not and “Manif pour Tous” are fascist pigs.

  6. It’s certainly calm here where I am at the moment in France. Not a mention of “gay” marriage whatsoever from anyone.

    Well done France. Who exactly are these people rioting against same sex marriage, I think they must have shipped in a bunch of thugs to Paris.

  7. “Hollande has urged that the country move on after a divisive debate around equal marriage”


  8. Gay activist paul Mitchell 24 Apr 2013, 6:12pm

    Well done France, same sex marriage is a GOOD thing for the country socially, economically and to encourage long term stable loving committed monogamous loving relationships and lower the STD and HIV rates in the world!

    To the violence and the protesters – you are a disgrace and there is NO justification in banning gay marriage!

    People 50 years from now people will look back and say – “Why did I oppose that and what was I thinking?”

    The same with slavery, racism/segregation, interracial marriage and banning women the right to vote!


    HRC online shop T-shirts now available while stocks last people, I bought one myself!

  9. “Yeah, let’s resort to violence and trash everything up. That will show how morally right our viewpoint is” <– Homophobic logic at it's finest. (not actual quote, merely an expression of their sentiments)

  10. Helge Vladimir Tiller 24 Apr 2013, 7:09pm

    Thank You Hollande- Thank You France ! Gives hope to other countries.We must never forget those who still fight so hard, so hard-

    1. And let the names of all and every single MP, here and in France , that has voted AGAINST EQUALITY to resonate in shame in the history books and in our hearts.

  11. It is so sad that more and more governments across the world are giving legal recognition to perversions.

    1. Daniel Howard 25 Apr 2013, 3:22pm

      It’s sad that idiots like you feel the need to actively go onto a gay news website to say rubbish like this. Nobody here cares what stupid people like you think. The only perversion is you.

  12. PeterinSydney 24 Apr 2013, 11:13pm

    President Hollande is a brave and wonderful man. He deserves to be given huge accolades for what he has achieved for the advance of freedom and rights in France. May many countries now follow his example.

    1. Let's get it right 26 Apr 2013, 1:04am

      It wasn’t Hollande who fought for this law – he even sounded like he was backpeddling at points – but Justice Minister Christiane Taubira.

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