No Gay Adoption in Gay Paree

Gay marriage may be all the rage in San Francisco and in The Village in New York.  But in Paris, the city of lights, 340,000 people held a protest against gay marriage at France’s most iconic symbol, the Eiffel Tower.

The majority of residents in the mostly-Catholic country are not opposed to alternative lifestyles – just alternative marriages. 

According to the Associated Press (AP) and as reported by The Blaze, With their young children in two, hundreds of thousands of people gathered at the Eiffel Tower to protest the French President Francois Hollande’s plan to legalize gay marriage and thus allow same-sex couples to adopt and conceive children.  Polls indicate the majority of French still support legalizing gay marriage but that backing gets more lukewarm when children come into play.

“Paris police estimated the crowd at 340,000, making it one of the largest demonstrations in Paris since an education protest in 1984,” the AP reported.

“’This law is going to lead to a change of civilization that we don’t want,’” said Philippe Javaloyes, a literature teacher who bused in with 300 people. “We have nothing against different ways of living, but we think that a child must grow up with a mother and a father.’”

“Public opposition spearheaded by religious leaders has chipped away at the popularity of Hollande’s plan in recent months. About 52 percent of French favor legalizing gay marriage, according to a survey released Sunday, down from as high as 65 percent in August.”

French civil unions were legalized in 1999. But that law has no provisions for adoption or assisted reproduction.  “Hollande’s Socialist Party has sidestepped the debate on assisted reproduction, promising to examine it in March after party members split on including it in the latest proposal. That hasn’t assuaged the concerns of many in Sunday’s protest, however, who fear it’s only a matter of time.”

Recently, French officials discussed replacing “Mother” and “Father” on national identity cards with Parent 1, Parent 2, and even Parent 3 and Parent 4.  If the French parliament approves the plan, France would become the 12th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, and the biggest so far in terms of economic and diplomatic influence.

The Socialists control Parliament, where the bill is expected to be introduced on Tuesday, with a vote following public debate at the end of January.

Harlem Desir, the leader of Hollande’s Socialist Party said, “The right to protest is protected in our country, but the Socialists are determined to give the legal right to marry and adopt to all those who love each other.  This is the first time in decades in our country that the right and the extreme right are coming into the streets together to deny new rights to the French.”

Scientific researchers have studied the phenomenon of children being raised by gay couples and the outcome is not good, with a decided increase in crime, drug abuse, and depression among these children.  All the Socialists give us is their word that these children are happy.

In our haste to appear non-judgmental, Society has become mari complaisant when it comes to moral issues such as gay marriage and more importantly, gay adoption.  C’est autre chose. But it is it a “different thing”?

It’s refreshing to see that the French, well-known for their rebellious, Socialist tendencies, are at heart, bien-pensant.

 

 

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