France on the Brink of Legalizing Gay Marriage

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PARIS -- In the streets of Paris Christians kneel and pray, asking God to deliver France from a same-sex marriage bill that they believe will amount to a new French revolution.

Certain to become law, the measure would not only grant homosexuals the right to marry, but the right of same-sex couples to adopt children.

Gay marriage has been legalized in 12 nations so far. Uruguay legalized it this week, and it has been partially legalized an additional three nations, including the United States. France will be next.

Bruno Colin, a French homosexual marching in a same-sex marriage demonstration in Paris, said, "All we are asking for is to have the same rights as everybody. The right to get married or not."

Another gay man at the march, Laurent Fernandez, said, "I have been with my boyfriend for the last 20 years. We have a very normal life, we have the same rights as straight people have, we pay our taxes, we are raising a little girl the best we can. I think that she is totally balanced. Whenever you see her, it is a good argument."

The socialist government of Francois Hollande will essentially destroy and then redefine the traditional institution of marriage for the benefit of a relatively tiny proportion of the population.

As is the case in most Western nations, homosexuals account for less than 5 percent of the population in France.

A War on Christianity?

"It's obvious that the government has declared war on Christianity . . . marriage is between a man and a woman," Alain Escada, who is one of the leaders opposing the same-sex marriage law and the president of the Catholic organization, Civitas, said.

"If today we decide that marriage is for gays, tomorrow we will have polygamy," she warned.

Antoine Renard, president of the Associations of French Catholic Families, said the Hollande government is using children to carry out its social revolution.

"The minister of education (Vincent Peillon) said in a letter that has been sent to all education directors that the government is committed to use the young people to change the mentalities. It's almost a war declaration. Use our children to change our minds?" Renard told CBN News.

CBN News: "It sounds like a social revolution."

Renard: "Exactly. They really want to build a new world without God."

Not all oppose the same-sex marriage law for religious reasons. A widely held view among many atheists is that same-sex marriage and adoption rights are "unnatural" and will hurt children.

Gays Against Gay Marriage

Opposition to France's gay marriage law has brought together a fascinating coalition of Christians, atheists, and homosexuals.

Emmanuel DuCamp, a French homosexual man with the group Homovox, said the same-sex marriage bill goes too far.

"It goes  too far in the sense that it makes the majority of the population live under a law that has been cast for a minority, which I don't consider fair," he expained.

"We have two parents of different sex, whether we are heterosexual or homosexual," he said. "There can't be two parents of the same-sex. It's not natural."

Protesters gathered in Paris this week to stand against anti-homosexual violence after a gay man, Wilfred de Bruijn, was severely beaten when he and his boyfriend were walking through an immigrant section of Paris. The shocking photo of the man's injuries went viral.

Violence against homosexuals is said to have tripled, and some fear the same-sex marriage law will bring more street violence from France's growing Muslim population.

While a slim majority in France support same-sex marriage, they do not support homosexual couples adopting children. But the bill is almost certain to become law.

Opponents of France's same-sex marriage bill believe the France they knew, that upheld traditional family, is slipping away. And indeed it is.

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Dale Hurd

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