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France says “Oui!” to Marriage Equality!

24 Apr

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Image from All Out.

After months of debates and marches, protests and counter-protests, the French legislature finally voted on the marriage equality bill yesterday. It passed 331 to 225, a resounding yes in favor of equality. This makes France the 13th country in the world to legalize same sex marriage. While it has passed both houses of Parliament, there may be some procedural hurdles to jump before becoming law, but most the people have spoken and that has the most weight.  That being said, bigots were still planning on a march this week to protest, despite losing the vote in Parliament.  Whatever, they’re totally on the wrong side of history and we all know it.

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Marriage For All

4 Feb

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Image taken from La Montagne.

Baby steps forward this past weekend in the French parliament. The parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of Article 1 of Bill 344, where marriage is defined as between two people. This has been seen as a sign of how easily the bill will pass. (Check back after Feb. 12th) They’ll continue to debate the rest of the bill for the rest of the week over this issue and that of joint adoption by a gay couple. If you want more information, the New York Times has a good write up here.

 

Same Love

14 Jan

There was a massive demonstration yesterday in Paris against gay marriage yesterday. Organizers say it was attended by over 800,000 protesters, but the BBC puts it somewhere around 330,000. Currently, gay couples have the right to a civil union pact, which gives them similar rights to being married. Separate but equal, right? When Francois Hollande won the presidency last year, he did so on the promise of equal marriage and adoption rights for gays and lesbians.

Turns out, the right-wing and the religious are going to fight him on this. The “traditionalists”. Even the liberal and left-wing French people I’m talking to have issues on this. They keep saying things like “France is a Catholic nation”. Adoption, surrogacy, and in vitro fertilization is apparently a bridge too far. They think kids need a mother and a father. How dare the government take away “mother” and “father” from official paperwork in favor of something like “parent 1” and “parent 2”.

I am so fucking angry and heartbroken about this I’m shaking. For whatever reason, Europe is looked on as being saner and more progressive on gay rights, but every now and then you see that they’re just as fucked up as we Americans are.

Organizers of the march stressed they weren’t preaching hatred against homosexuals. Yeah, you just want to legally discriminate against someone who is different from you. Think of the children? Sure. Children raised by gays or lesbians aren’t harmed by it, except by hateful bastards such as yourself. And if your argument against LGBT couples adopting is based on the fact that a man and a woman are both necessary for conception, than hoo boy, as an anthropologist I get to call bullshit. Humans have been raising kids in all sorts of different configurations for as long as the species has been around.

This rally is going to have massive repercussions. People take demonstrations seriously here in France; the anti-equality crowd won a big PR battle today. I hope Hollande sticks to his guns on this issue.

Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

28 Nov

“In rural Kyrgyzstan men still marry their women the old-fashioned way: by abducting them off the street and forcing them to be their wife. Bride kidnapping is a supposedly ancient custom that’s made a major comeback since the fall of Communism and now accounts for nearly half of all marriages in some parts. We traveled to the Kyrgyz countryside to follow/aid and abet a young groom named Kubanti as he surprised his teenage girlfriend Nazgul with the gift of marriage/kidnapping.”

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Marriage Equality for All!

16 May

I know, I’m late to the party. But I still have all sorts of FEELINGS on the whole matter. Mostly, pride. Once again, Barack Obama proves that he totally deserves my vote.

Of course, this historic announcement is tempered by a bit of cynicism and reality. The inestimable Jay Smooth of Ill Doctrine lays it all out.

On the whole, I’m still pretty positive about the whole thing. I mean, as a cisgendered woman with no real interest in marriage, I really don’t have a dog in this fight, but I can recognize the steps forward and cheer anyways.

 

 

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