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French revolt against gay rights: the facts

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French politicians and the leader of the right wing  opposition, Jean-François Copé, are both calling for revolt against liberal Hollande's plans to legalise gay marriage in the country and the adoption of children by gay couples.

Why?
Most of the arguments being voiced are either religious - France is a mainly Catholic country - or out of concern for the children of a gay couple who, according to protestors, 'may face prejudice' . 

How?

Jean-François Cope is calling for street demonstrations against the left wing policies whilst many rural politicians are campaigning for the right to refusal gay marriage in their town halls. More overt homophobes are causing outrage with their statements.

The mayor of the eighth arrondissement of Paris, François Lebel, said in his town hall newsletter this month that gay marriage could lead to the legalisation of paedophilia, polygamy and incest.

When?

The bill on gay marriage is expected to be examined by the French parliament at the end of January 2013.

Where?

Mass protests have been staged in Toulouse, Lille and Avignon to name but a few of the 75 cities and towns where protests are occurring.

 

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