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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.

natyanayaki 29th-Jan-2013 05:24 am (UTC)
I'm not blaming them or accusing them, it's the culture of the praise, the culture of making it a big deal that bothers me. And I think it's problematic that these men, who are supposed to (and hopefully will) change the laws that inform culture, feed into that culture.

Edited at 2013-01-29 05:25 am (UTC)
beetlebums 29th-Jan-2013 05:27 am (UTC)
Yeah. The culture of being a decent human seems to be hard to find, ofc the news will run with it -___-;;;;

All of us decent people should have been born in the future not on this cultural change cusp
natyanayaki 29th-Jan-2013 05:31 am (UTC)
I highly doubt that there will ever be a time in which one powerful group isn't systematically preying upon a less powerful group. I do not doubt our species capacity to do horrible things to each other, to find "new" groups of people to hate (while remnants of hatred towards previous systematically targeted groups remains, but is just a little less obvious).
beetlebums 29th-Jan-2013 05:39 am (UTC)
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