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Cultural clash over gay marriage

France's Socialists want to introduce marriage and adoption rights for gays. Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to oppose or support the move. The press discusses what is more important: equal rights for everyone or the inviolability of the traditional family.

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Thursday, 30. May 2013

Right loses fight against gay marriage

Two men became the first same-sex couple to get married in France in the city of Montpellier on Wednesday. French society's bitter opposition to gay marriage is also a mobilisation against French President François Hollande, the left-liberal daily El Periódico de Catalunya contends: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 24. April 2013

France adopts same-sex marriage

The French National Assembly passed the controversial law on same-sex marriage on Tuesday, after which several thousand demonstrators once again came out in protest. The ... » more

Ouest France - France | Wednesday, 17. April 2013

Same-sex marriage debate needs more time

The second reading of the draft law on same-sex marriage begins in the French National Assembly on Monday. The government has limited the discussion to 25 hours. But the subject requires more time, the regional paper Ouest France believes: » more

Gość Niedzielny - Poland | Tuesday, 16. April 2013

Same-sex marriage will hurt French children

After the National Assembly, the French Senate also approved the country's controversial bill on same-sex marriage on Friday. The draft must now be discussed a second time in parliament before it becomes law. The national-religious Polish website Gość Niedzielny fears for the well-being of children who in future could be adopted by homosexual couples: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 11. April 2013

France provincial and narrow-minded

The French Senate approved a controversial law that grants homosexual and heterosexual couples equal rights in almost all areas on Tuesday evening. The mass protests against the legislation only go to show that French attitudes are different to what is generally believed: » more

La Croix - France | Monday, 25. March 2013

Left ignores rejection of same-sex marriage

After the renewed demonstrations against same-sex marriage on Sunday in Paris, the Catholic daily La Croix is outraged at the government's silence regarding the mass protests: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 13. February 2013

National Assembly approves gay marriage

France's National Assembly voted in favour of introducing same-sex marriage and adoption rights for gay couples by a clear majority on Tuesday. The controversial bill was passed ... » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Wednesday, 13. February 2013

Germany must now follow suit

German politicians have for years rejected equal rights for homosexual and heterosexual couples, the liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau writes, seeing the decision of the French National Assembly as a shining example: » more

Libération - France | Wednesday, 13. February 2013

A sign against the ultra-conservative Church

With its decision in favour of same-sex marriages and adoption rights for homosexual couples, the National Assembly has sent a signal to the Church not to interfere in politics, the left-liberal daily Libération writes approvingly: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, 13. February 2013

A stage victory for Hollande

The French National Assembly's approval for same-sex marriage and adoption rights for gays is a landmark victory for the Hollande government even if the next major challenges are just around the corner, the daily Tages-Anzeiger writes: » more

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Wednesday, 6. February 2013

Gay marriage strengthens society

The British House of Commons approved same-sex marriage by a large majority on Tuesday. However many Conservatives voted against the bill proposed by the government led by their own leader David Cameron. They need to take a look at the bigger picture, the left-liberal daily El Periódico de Catalunya advises: » more

L'Express - France | Wednesday, 30. January 2013

Gay marriage highlights French identity problem

The French National Assembly has been discussing a controversial draft law on the introduction of same-sex marriage since Tuesday. If the debate on gay marriage is putting French society to the test it's because the country has deep problems with its own identity, the left-liberal weekly magazine L'Express writes: » more

Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace - France | Monday, 28. January 2013

Children used in same-sex marriage conflict

Over 100,000 people demonstrated in Paris on Sunday in favour of the government's plan to introduce same-sex marriage. Two weeks earlier an even larger crowd turned out to protest against the measure. The regional daily Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace is unhappy that children are being instrumentalised in the campaign: » more

Le Quotidien - Luxembourg | Tuesday, 15. January 2013

France's Medieval prejudices

The opponents of same-sex marriages in France are nothing short of backwards in their mentality, the left-liberal Luxembourg daily Le Quotidien writes: » more

Le Monde - France | Tuesday, 15. January 2013

Hollande divides country on gay marriage

France's President François Hollande must take the protest against the introduction of same-sex marriage seriously, philosopher Thibaud Collin writes in the left-liberal daily Le Monde: » more

La République des Pyrénées - France | Monday, 14. January 2013

Hollande won't give up on same-sex marriage

Hundreds of thousands of protesters demonstrated in Paris on Sunday against the Socialist government's plans to introduce same-sex marriage. The regional paper La République des Pyrennées nevertheless believes the protests won't deter the government from its plans: » more

Le Figaro - France | Wednesday, 9. January 2013

France lacks debate on same-sex marriage

Another big demonstration against same-sex marriage is set to take place in Paris on Sunday. France's Council of Ministers passed a draft law on the introduction of same-sex marriage and adoption rights for homosexual couples in November. The conservative daily Le Figaro criticises the lack of social debate on the issue: » more

Le Figaro - France | Friday, 14. December 2012

Same-sex marriage a threat for France

The protests against President Hollande's plans to introduce same-sex marriage and the debate over surrogate motherhood and artificial insemination continue to divide France. The country must be on its guard, the conservative daily Le Figaro warns: » more - Spain | Thursday, 8. November 2012

Criticism of same-sex marriage soon absurd

Spain's Constitutional Court confirmed on Tuesday that same-sex marriage, which was introduced in Spain seven years ago, is legal. The arguments of the critics of same-sex marriage will appear ridiculous to posterity, Ignacio Escolar writes in his blog with the online newspaper » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 29. October 2012

Hollande buckles on homosexuality

The French government under François Hollande wants to introduce same-sex marriage, with the cabinet due to discuss a corresponding law on November 7. The conservative daily Le Figaro sees French society in peril: » more

Libération - France | Friday, 5. October 2012

Benoît Duteurtre on unwanted side-effects of same-sex marriage

The planned introduction of same-sex marriage would neutralise beneficial cultural differences, the writer Benoît Duteurtre laments in the left-liberal daily Libération: » more

Le Figaro - France | Tuesday, 18. September 2012

Gay adoption violates French values

According to a draft law presented on Tuesday in France, homosexuals would have the same rights to adopt children as heterosexuals, whether as a couple or as individuals. That runs counter to the basic values of the Republic, the lawyer Alexandre Duval-Stalla writes in the conservative daily Le Figaro: » more

Libération - France | Friday, 11. May 2012

Obama and Hollande for same-sex marriage

Barack Obama became the first US president to speak out in favour of same-sex marriage on Wednesday and the new French President François Hollande also advocates the legalisation of such marriages. The left-liberal daily Libération praises the two politicians: » more


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