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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.

girly123 29th-Jan-2013 04:34 am (UTC)
Fucking they could have been doing this before, how does that work?

The only people who will be really impressed by this are straight people, honestly. There are far less attention pandering ways to show solidarity than this bullshit.
beetlebums 29th-Jan-2013 04:38 am (UTC)
Nicolas was just elected and Galut was just reelected after not serving for a while

Receipts 12
girly123 29th-Jan-2013 04:42 am (UTC)
This is still a totally stupid show of "solidarity", though.

That came off as really snarky; not my intention.

Edited at 2013-01-29 04:43 am (UTC)
beetlebums 29th-Jan-2013 04:45 am (UTC)
I cannot say that it isn't for you, but it's a great proof of accountability which even 40 years ago, that was hard to come by.

[I was going to say 20 but then I realized that was 1993 -________-]
girly123 29th-Jan-2013 05:05 am (UTC)
I mean, I guess? I'm still withholding my praise until they take any real action, though, because talk is cheap.
It's not dissimilar to when Obama mentioned marriage equality at the Inaugural Address this year: it was certainly unprecedented, which was surprising, but unless it's followed by constructive action, it doesn't mean much in the scheme of things.

(also jfc makes me feel oooooooold, what the hell. o_o)
beetlebums 29th-Jan-2013 05:13 am (UTC)
Obama can sing me every song like Celine Dion but shit isn't gonna change unless we keep the momentum going. It makes me so frustrated that people don't vote in the mid-year elections when all those little positions add up to shit that can make things easier or harder for change to happen
carmy_w 29th-Jan-2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
Seconding your statement SO FUCKING HARD.

Mid-year (or mid-cycle, as it were) elections is what lost the Dems the House in 2010. And in many, MANY ways, they are more important than the Presidential election.

For that matter, so are local elections, because the County Commissioner from last decade is now the state senator elected last year, and will be going to the National stage in another decade.
girly123 29th-Jan-2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
This is the exact same reason why I'm so unimpressed by these two dudes kissing. It's like a more attention thirsty version of the same inaction.
muted_hitokiri 3rd-Feb-2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
A couple of days on, just thought you might like to see this: http://ontd-political.livejournal.com/10395058.html

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