Protest turns violent after France legalizes gay marriage in divisive vote

  • Article by: LORI HINNANT and SYLVIE CORBET , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 23, 2013 - 5:46 PM
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scubadoo68Apr. 23, 1310:32 AM

"France is the 14th country to legalize gay marriage, and Tuesday's vote comes a week after New Zealand — with very little controversy — allowed same-sex couples to wed." Four of the five happiest countries (according to forbes.com) also allow same sex marriage. New Zealand is one of them.

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cinemajayApr. 23, 1310:40 AM

It's nice to see that France did the right thing. Love wins again!

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LumpmooseApr. 23, 1310:44 AM

"Again, politicians going against the will of the people." -- You realize that's functionally impossible in a representative democracy, right? If you don't like a candidate's platform, don't vote for him/her. If you don't like the votes he/she makes in office, vote him/her out during the next election. That's the "will of the people." And that doesn't even cover the judicial system.

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Mrs.JackJonesApr. 23, 1310:49 AM

Let's put up to a vote in this country. I, for one,would be willing to accept the result.

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StarquestApr. 23, 1310:54 AM

The days of state-sanctioned homophobia are numbered. Let's move on.

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lorentjdApr. 23, 1310:54 AM

This is the way this issue SHOULD be decided (democratically, by the vote of elected officials -- as opposed to court-mandated ORDERS, like we have had in several states here in the USA). Congratulations, France!!

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franknjackApr. 23, 1311:29 AM

Mrs.JackJones--While I'm certain it would win the popular vote, why should this go to a general vote and not anything else other than a Constitutional amendment? We have a system for making laws in this country. Let's follow it. This shouldn't warrant any special treatment. Let the legislators do the jobs we elected them to do.

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monkeyplanetApr. 23, 1311:51 AM

Gay marriage isn't being "forced" on anyone in France or anywhere else. If you aren't gay, it has absolutely no effect on you. None. Stop pretending otherwise. When do I get to vote on your civil rights?

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LumpmooseApr. 23, 1312:35 PM

"Tell that to the florist in Washington State. If it were only that easy." -- The Civil Rights Act of 1964 says you can't refuse service on the basis of religion, sex, race or ethnicity. Sexual orientation is not included. There are some lower jurisdictions that do add sexual orientation to the list. That said, attaching the issue to marriage equality is just a distraction. Sure, SSM may add florists or whatever to the list of possible businesses in which gay people may suddenly have more use but all businesses are always susceptible to the lawsuits that ask these questions if the proprietor is kicking out minorities. It's not related to marriage. She could have just as easily kicked out the gay couple for buying Valentine's Day flowers and be subject to a lawsuit. That doesn't mean she'd necessarily win or lose but that public business are susceptible to lawsuits, frivolous or otherwise. You might as well be arguing that gay people should not be allowed to visit stores.

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cinemajayApr. 23, 13 1:26 PM

Mrs.Jack.Jones "Let's put up to a vote in this country. I, for one,would be willing to accept the result." Sorry, we don't call referendums on people's rights. That's why they're called "rights." If it the 13th Amendment had been put up to a popular vote it never would have passed.

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