Monday, April 22, 2013
The Bloody Battle for Gay Marriage in France
I can hardly believe what's been happening in France.
Riot police battling homophobes, religious fanatics, and neo-Nazi groups.
Gay people being attacked over their right to be married.
In the streets of Paris, in the City of Love.
Tens of thousands of protesters marched against gay marriage in Paris on Sunday, as thousands of others led a counter-demonstration against what the government called a growing climate of homophobia and extreme-right violence in France.
The group SOS homophobie, which has monitored homophobia in France for 20 years, said the sharp rise in homophobic incidents since the start of the national debate on gay marriage was "unprecedented".
This man was assaulted for walking down the street with his lover. And called this picture "The Face of Homophobia."
It's all so ugly, it's crazy, it makes me so angry. If I was in Paris I don't know what I'd do. For I've never seen a bigot or a bully that I didn't want to attack.
But of course, there are better ways to fight the problem.
Which I why I love this message, from a French gay guy to the homophobes...
And why I like this next video even better, if that's possible.
Because it was made in Toronto, and it also has a simple message.
Love is love, and family is family...
It's really such a simple message.
I can't understand why so many still don't get it. Or still insist that allowing gay people to marry will undermine the institution of marriage. When it clearly does the opposite.
But I do know this, if Stephen Harper had his way, those two guys wouldn't be able to get married.
And history will judge them all harshly. You can't beat the power of love.
And the bigots will be defeated...
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