Opponents Call for “Blood” as France Fast-Tracks Remaining Marriage Votes

Jim Burroway

April 12th, 2013

As reported earlier, France’s Senate gave its nearly final approval to a bill providing same-sex couples marriage and adoption rights today. Because the Senate made some minor changes, it had to go back to the National Assembly for its consent, and then back to the Senate for a final vote. All of that was expected to take about a month, with a final Senate vote taking place in late May. But the ruling Socialists said the bill would return to the National Assembly by next Wednesday, which is far earlier than expected, and well ahead of a planned demonstration by anti-gay forces scheduled for May 26. That has opponents calling for “blood”:

“This is a disgrace. The French people don’t want this law, and what do they do? They speed up its passage. Hollande wants blood, and he will get it,” Barjot was quoted as saying by France’s TF1, adding “We live in a dictatorship. The President of the Republic has guillotined us.”

Centre-right UMP deputy Christian Jacob joined the fray, saying in a statement that by accelerating the bill’s now almost certain passage into law, “the President of the Republic is risking a violent confrontation with the French people.”

Fellow UMP deputy Hervé Mariton denounced the move as “an incitement to civil war.”

This rhetoric naturally is very worrisome to LGBT advocates who fear a continuing rise in anti-gay violence.

Ben in Oakland

April 12th, 2013

Threatening violence? The duly elected president and legislature passing laws they said they would pass if elected a dictatorship? An incitement to civil war?

It seems our home grown rightists aren’t the only ones detached from reality, from courtesy, from common sense, from democracy, and basic decency.


April 12th, 2013

What Ben said.

Have there been any media debates or are these people just in a feedback loop?


April 13th, 2013

“This is a disgrace. The French people don’t want this law, and what do they do?”

Polls show a majority of the French people want marriage equality. But opponents believe they speak for everyone and call for blood. “This” is a disgrace. It is interesting that when supporters of equality lose, they don’t threaten violence. These “pro-family” people are dangerous.


April 14th, 2013

Typical Reichwing bloodlust against “outsiders.” Wrapped in a sheet of violent, hate-fueled, fake “Christianity.”


April 14th, 2013

“Elections have consequences”

The evening news on France2 TV Saturday spent less than 1 minute on the right-wing demonstrations. The message I took away was “the President campaigned, the National Assembly has approved, the Senate has approved, this will be enacted, and here’s the unhinged right who won’t accept reality.”

They’ll also realize that marriage equality is probably a good thing for straight marriages, despite Rick Santorum’s protestations to the contrary, and at worst, 100% irrelevant.

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