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Straight Male Politicians Kiss For Marriage Equality Amid Huge Protests In France

8:39 pm - 01/28/2013


A pair of French politicians made a touching statement in support of LGBT equality this weekend, as protesters geared up for Tuesday's parliamentary debate on the country's marriage equality bill.

Socialist (and straight) members of French parliament Yann Galut and Nicolas Bays shared a kiss as part of the "Marriage for All" protests on Sunday, as tens of thousands marched around the country in support of same-sex marriage and adoption rights, reports French paper Liberation.

"We’re both straight, we’re both married with children," Galut said, according to a translation by Gay Star News. "But today with the kiss of solidarity, it meant we, as parliamentary members who start fighting for same-sex marriage legislation in two days, we stand in solidarity with homosexuals."

A photo of the symbolic kiss has gone viral, with the pair's colleagues on both sides of the aisle weighing in, according to Gay Star, with comments ranging from "heroic" to "ridiculous and needlessly provocative."

Galut and Bays' Kodak moment may remind many of a similar photo, showing two straight French women kissing in front of a group of anti-gay protestors in Marseille, France in October. The two teenage women told French magazine Têtu that, while they are both straight, they wanted to take a stand.

"While we were kissing, [the protesters] were screaming, 'You're disgusting! You are not beautiful!" one of the women told Têtu.

Sunday's "Marriage for All" demonstrations were attended by an estimated 125,000, according to France 24. While polling numbers show that a majority of French support gay marriage, the government bill has galvanized anti-gay protesters who staged massive protests against it earlier this month. The bill would legalize same-sex marriage in France and afford full adoption rights for same-sex couples, according to CNN.

On Jan. 13, hundreds of thousands of protesters marched along Paris's Champ de Mars in opposition to gay marriage, according to Reuters. The demonstration drew from an eclectic base, including practicing Catholics, the extreme far-right Front National party and others.

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natyanayaki 29th-Jan-2013 02:43 am (UTC)
On the one hand (and mostly) I think this is awesome, but on the other I wish they didn't care so much to emphasize that they are straight, married, and have children (hmm...or maybe they think emphasizing that is a positive for marriage equality? I guess then it's OK/awesome that they emphasized that.).
redstar826 29th-Jan-2013 03:05 am (UTC)
yeah, I personally have mixed feelings about it.
pepsquad 29th-Jan-2013 02:44 am (UTC)
good for them, i've locked lips with other men in demonstrations before. i really freaked the bigots right out (which is always fun)
eveofrevolution 29th-Jan-2013 02:53 am (UTC)
How come people don't write about the GAY people at these sorts of marches/parades/protests? I swear, it seems so many of the articles I see are "We're totally not gay but look at us kiss and be scandalous in favor of equality!" Goddamn it straight people, stop making it all about you. /rant
pepsquad 29th-Jan-2013 02:55 am (UTC)
truth
bib_specialist 29th-Jan-2013 03:01 am (UTC)
So what's the big deal? French guys kiss each other all the time, don't they?
evewithanapple 29th-Jan-2013 04:19 am (UTC)
One might even say they

*puts on sunglasses*

French kiss
beetlebums 29th-Jan-2013 04:24 am (UTC)
Y'all need some French cheese for the whining in this post. These guys are politicians, aka people who make laws like the US's flop congress, and here they are showing solidarity towards marriage equality and yet a lot of you find a way to moan instead of saying "shit why can't we have people run like this in x-country" smh
girly123 29th-Jan-2013 04:27 am (UTC)
That's nice, but you know what's a way more solid show of solidarity than kissing in front of cameras?

Legislation.
poetic_pixie_13 29th-Jan-2013 04:29 am (UTC)
Knowing that two politicians, two straight white cis dudes who are married with kids, feel safe and secure enough to peck on the lips during a protest for marriage equality surrounded by the queer and trans folks who are fighting for their basic human rights and dignity, well, it just brings a tear to my eye.

We are living in revolutionary times, my friends. Truly.
girly123 29th-Jan-2013 04:30 am (UTC)
Kissing in front of cameras for publicity is a useless form of protest, but it's especially grating coming from lawmakers who could be doing actual, constructive things to put their money where their mouths are and actually make real change. I don't care that they're straight, I care that it's ineffective, trite pandering.

Edited at 2013-01-29 04:31 am (UTC)
poetic_pixie_13 29th-Jan-2013 04:37 am (UTC)
Let's always be angry dykes of colour together.
wikilobbying 29th-Jan-2013 04:33 am (UTC)
y a w n

still straight, still have straight privilege, still shouldn't be getting more publicity than all the queer/lgbtq+ people surrounding them
poetic_pixie_13 29th-Jan-2013 04:35 am (UTC)
But they're being so brave~


What if someone saw them and, like, thought they were gay for a split second? Do you know how traumatizing that might have been?
angelofdeath275 29th-Jan-2013 04:44 am (UTC)
ok seriously can we have a queer photo post

Edited at 2013-01-29 04:45 am (UTC)
poetic_pixie_13 29th-Jan-2013 04:48 am (UTC)
gurl



you don't want to know how much queer photo spam is currently on my hard drive
wikilobbying 29th-Jan-2013 04:53 am (UTC)
can straight people not show their asses all up in this post like they did the last time we had this post with two straight women?

'cause seriously straight folks, just no.
cellared 29th-Jan-2013 05:28 am (UTC)
straight people

snore
yeats 29th-Jan-2013 05:31 am (UTC)
i guess i just think it's weird, because, like, there are actually gay members of the national assembly. so what are these guys doing...?

Edited at 2013-01-29 05:32 am (UTC)
poetic_pixie_13 Queer & Trans photo spam, the queer ladies of _p made me do it29th-Jan-2013 05:46 am (UTC)
This qtspam was done while listening to Songza's Gay Pride playlist. (Some of the choices are kind of maybe problematic but sometimes I just wanna dance.) Cause I go the distance.

There are at least 430 photos and artwork and gifs and posters on my computer, so I just picked a buncha random shit. I think there might be more ladies and non-binary people then dudes cause, um, personal bias. >.>

QT people bein' all happy and shit. And things that are cute/make me smile/make me ugly cry in a good way/seriously y'all I have a huge weakness for adorable. So.

Go look at this. It's absolutely gorgeous.

























Sophia, a ten year old girl, writes to Barack Obama about how she is glad he thinks that two men can love each other cause the kids at school make fun of her for having two dads. (It is as full of feelings as it sounds.)



And Obama's response





















Edited at 2013-01-29 06:00 am (UTC)
zinnia_rose Re: Queer & Trans photo spam, the queer ladies of _p made me do it29th-Jan-2013 06:02 am (UTC)
:'''''''''''') at the Micky Mouse story.
girly123 29th-Jan-2013 06:25 am (UTC)
Omg, that last one. ;u;
clevermanka 29th-Jan-2013 02:37 pm (UTC)
margerydaw_s2 29th-Jan-2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
I hate that straight people are congratulated for kissing someone of the same gender while actual queer people are shunned, beaten, even killed for doing the same thing.
zombie_process 29th-Jan-2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
Most of the time I agree on the "stop making it all about you, privileged people" vibes. But I'm feeling so exhausted by the rampant homophobia in France right now that I'd take about any support. It IS better than straight people insulting us after all. Yeah, I have low standards, but it seems like I'm tearing up every fucking time I watch the news these days. Can't wait for the law to be ratified at last so we can all move on.
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