Παρασκευή, 4 Ιανουαρίου 2013

The issue of same-sex marriage has become a common dinner-table debate in many homes




By Devorah Lauter, Paris
4:12PM GMT 02 Jan 2013
Sacha was born between midnight and one minute past on January 1, in the central French town of Moulin, becoming the first recorded baby born in 2013 – excluding French territories.
Only the birth mother, identified as Maude, has legal rights over the child since the couple is not married – which would change if the new, "marriage for all" bill passes, as expected, following parliamentary discussions beginning later this month. Maude and her partner, Delphine, said they hoped to marry as soon as it becomes legally possible to do so.


The bill follows a campaign pledge by Francois Hollande, and a majority of the French also support the measure according to polls. However, traditional French Catholics and political conservatives have been outspoken against the gay marriage proposal, and have organised several large protests across France, with the official support of the Church. Rallies in favour of the measure have also gathered in response to the anti-gay marriage backlash, as the issue has become a common dinner-table debate in many homes, often opposing family members and generations.
 
Today opponents of the bill held a press conference in preparation for their next protest on Jan. 13, coined, "The protest for all."
Its organiser, known as Frigide Barjot, said: "It's more the disappearance of the father, which is the issue today.

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