Gay marriage reveals surprise contrast between 'starchy' Britain and 'freewheeling' France

  • Article by: ANGELA CHARLTON , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 17, 2013 - 1:15 PM

LONDON — The French like to make fun of the British, joking about their repressed ways in matters of the heart. But when it came time to debate same-sex marriage, it was France that betrayed a deep conservative streak in sometimes violent protests — while the British showed themselves to be modern and tolerant.

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rej4slJul. 17, 13 8:42 AM

The UK comprises 4 constituent countries. Only England and Wales have legalized gay marriage. Britain has not. Scotland will follow suit soon but Northern Ireland will not. I am fed up with these lazy headlines. Please .....

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jmcdonalJul. 17, 13 9:57 AM

Freedom to Marry just keeps on building. Congrats England and Wales.

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holtjanJul. 17, 1311:04 AM

Of course Northern Ireland will not allow gay marriage. They are ruled by the Catholic church. They kill women by denying necessary medical care. Why would anyone expect them to behave with tolerance and acceptance to everyone when that is not what the hierarchy of the Catholic church dictates.

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scubadoo68Jul. 17, 13 3:18 PM

If the Queen gave a show of approval, that sends a pretty powerful message. Congrats to them.

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