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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.

chaosprincess21 29th-Jan-2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
Also speaking theoretically, but they wouldn't want to mislead anyone. I think it's better if they're up front about their being heterosexual than having people wonder and up in arms about supposed dishonesty. Like, say I was writing lot of literature involving gay romance. I would not want to mislead my readers into thinking I myself was gay. If anyone asked, I'd want to be upfront about it.

Not sure how I feel about the actual kiss, but that's just one of the reasons why they'd bring up their sexual orientation.
natyanayaki 31st-Jan-2013 04:09 am (UTC)
They're both married, that would be public record, I don't think the possibility of misleading the people should be an issue at all, and if that comes up they could then mention that they happen to be straight and married (and if they made that statement in response to a question, then it is different). My issue is with the fact that straight individuals, when speaking in favor of gay rights, so often seem to state and re-state "oh but I'm straight" as if it's bad to be gay. It often seems that these straight individuals are being so high and mighty to be for gay rights, even though it would be the end of the world if someone assumed that they are gay. IMO it just seems very hypocritical, and as if the individual is speaking in favor of gay rights to gain some small recognition and not because their concerned about human rights.
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