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Do you want gay marriage in your country?

Yes, It would just be fair 241 58.78%
No, get the gay out of my country 102 24.88%
meh, I don't really care 66 16.10%

France became the 14th country in the world to allow same-sex couples to wed Tuesday, when its parliament approved a law that has sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks.

Lawmakers in the lower house National Assembly, where President Francois Hollande’s Socialists have an absolute majority, passed the bill by 331 votes for and 225 against.

The law also allows same-sex couples to adopt children.

“I hope people across the country will celebrate this moment,” Martin Gaillard, a 31-year-old advocate of gay marriage, told English-language news site

Opponents of the law have held increasingly angry protests in recent weeks, including a string of confrontations with police in Paris.

They fought hard to scuttle the parliamentary bill because it also allows the use of surrogate motherhood by gay couples wanting children.

The debate is also blamed for fanning a spate of homophobic attacks, including the beating up of a 24-year-old in the southern city of Nice on Saturday, Reuters reported.

Reuters contributed to this report.


One more country for me to love...

I hope USA is next.


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Man, were they late approving this law =D

And here was I thinking that everyone in France was nice (at least to such rights). Oh well, at least it passed.

Better late than never I suppose.


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Wright said:
Man, were they late approving this law =D

:O lol..... no stereo type here


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There already are gay marriages in my country, there should be a poll option for that.

And yeah, I'm fully in favour of gay rights.

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aikohualda said:
Wright said:
Man, were they late approving this law =D

:O lol..... no stereo type here


This whole thing is so absurd. It shouldn't really be surprising that such trivialities are complicated by religion.

currently at 70%... wow it actually looks good in numbers


The poll shows a slight sense of bias.

Just because someone doesn't approve of Gay Marriage doesn't mean that they want them out of the country or view them as evil demons/lesser persons.....