By Henry Samuel , Paris. After passing through the National Assembly and the Senate, the "marriage for all" bill, which the government calls the most important since the abolition of the death penalty, requires a second reading from the lower parliament. The final vote was supposed to take place in May but the executive branch of parliament has now decided to bring it forward to April 23, and to halve the debating time from 50 to 25 hours — apparently to avoid more mass demonstrations. The movement has acted as a lightning rod for many Right-wingers and traditionalists who claim the Socialist administration is leading France to economic and social ruin.
Same-Sex Marriage Around the World
Tensions rise as French parliament prepares for final gay marriage debate - Telegraph
Gay rights activists suffer setback, with conservative groups coming out on top in key referendums they initiated. Another vote, calling for same-sex unions to be regulated under a separate law, gained the support of more than six million people. The court said its ruling must be implemented within two years, but the government made little progress in the face of opposition from conservative groups. The conservative group also beat gay rights activists on competing referendums about whether LGBT issues should be compulsory on the school curriculum.
31 arguments against gay marriage (and why they’re all wrong)
Gay marriage is now legal in 22 countries around the world. However, homosexual acts remain punishable by death in 10 countries and are now illegal in a further 65 countries. Thus, there appears to be very clear national cultural distinctions in how local cultures consider the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people. This research will examine newspapers from a sample of 17 countries to see where this particular pro-LGBT image was used.
With its term ending in June, the U. Supreme Court has two months to decide whether the Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry and whether gay marriages should be allowed in all states. As the high court heard arguments here Tuesday, a crowd gathered outside. Among the throngs of people were several individuals from Massachusetts — the first state to legalize same-sex marriage — and some reflected on their historical ties to the fight over same-sex marriage.