Controversy over Assisted Conception Stalls Changes to Family Reform Bill

PARIS-The French government quickly went on the defensive earlier this week after about 100,000 conservative protesters took to the streets in Paris and Lyon on Sunday Feb. 2, angered by proposed LGBT-friendly additions to a major family reform bill. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s office announced on Monday Feb. 3 that the entire bill would be […]

Despite Positive Trend in Gay Marriage, Hostility Remains

Since the adoption of the law granting same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children, more than six hundred same-sex couples have married and over a thousand applications have been submitted to town and city halls. According to France Inter, this is true of gay marriage in the fifty most populated cities and towns […]

Two Friday Protests, Two Different Approaches

After an odd mix of late afternoon weather in Paris on Friday, from sun to rain to hail, it cleared up just in time for the start of two very different demonstrations. At 7:00 pm by the park at Solférino, members of Act-Up, Oui Oui Oui, the Pink Bloc, and other LGBT supporters gathered to […]

Gay Marriage Debate Still Heated After Bill Passes in Senate

The final vote on the gay marriage and adoption bill is scheduled for a fixed-time debate of 25 hours to be followed by a final vote on April 23, in hopes of more rapidly quelling social disorder. But is it time to move on or should there be more debate? Opposition groups, such as Manif […]

Marchers Take Last Stand Against Gay Marriage Bill

Frigide Barjot’s voice boomed down the Avenue de la Grande Armée Sunday afternoon: “Listen to the French!” Waving flags and signs and carrying Palm Sunday branches, La Manif Pour Tous marchers took a last stand against France’s gay marriage bill set to enter the Senate next month. Late in the protest, police used tear gas […]