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Le Monde - France | Tuesday, January 15, 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: "What pushes so many people to contest a project that has no bearing on their daily lives or basic rights? The feeling of injustice vis-à-vis a law that overturns family relations and denies certain children the presence of either a father or a mother. To appreciate such indignation, one must understand that certain subjects of political debate (death, the giving of life, interpersonal relations) are rooted in the private sphere, not just of individuals but of the people as a whole: ... The president would thus do well to avoid treating this profound resistance with disdain. He has berated his predecessor amply for dividing the country and brutally pushing through his will. Now the time has come to properly weigh up and channel this indignation."

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