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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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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.



[Some of these are NSFW but all are fantasticsexyadorable]





















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)
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it gets me every. time.
wrestlingdog Re: Queer & Trans photo spam, the queer ladies of _p made me do it29th-Jan-2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
IKR? Makes me cry every time I see it.
girly123 29th-Jan-2013 06:25 am (UTC)
Omg, that last one. ;u;
alryssa Re: Queer & Trans photo spam, the queer ladies of _p made me do it29th-Jan-2013 06:49 am (UTC)
<3 all these, and OMG that illustrated story I AM NOT CRYING, THERE IS A FREAK PRECIPITATIVE METEOROLOGICAL PHENOMENON HAPPENING SOLELY IN THE REGION OF MY FACIAL FEATURES
jaeji Re: Queer & Trans photo spam, the queer ladies of _p made me do it29th-Jan-2013 12:24 pm (UTC)
thanks for this lovely comment! \o/
toastieghostie Re: Queer & Trans photo spam, the queer ladies of _p made me do it29th-Jan-2013 02:16 pm (UTC)


oh man thanks for this, exactly what I didn't know I wanted in this post *u*
akycha 29th-Jan-2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
OMG all of these but especially the Mickey Mouse story.
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