Friday, April 5, 2013

Fwd: French police gas traditional marriage supporters

When I first heard of this story, I was struck how the French police firing tear gas at marriage supporters reminded me pro-Jim Crow cops using fire hoses against American civil rights activists.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.

But that is also true of French marriage activists whose resolve like that of civil rights activists is changing public opinion for the better:

[[While polls last August showed that same-sex marriage had two-thirds support among the French, the number is now down to a narrow majority. The opposition comes from the Catholic church in France, other religious leaders, including Jews and Muslims, and people in traditional small towns. Polls show that even fewer French voters approve of allowing same-sex couples to adopt.

President Francois Holland, who ran on a platform pledging to legalize gay marriage, is now experiencing his country's change of heart. His approval rating recently dropped to 36 percent because of the marriage law and his handling of the economic crisis. ]]

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