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Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace - France | Monday, January 28, 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: "The demonstrations of yesterday and January 13th are among the largest in the past decades. They stand for two different visions of an important issue: the structure of the family. ... Luckily homosexuality is no longer viewed as a crime or a sickness. The result, however, has been to focus on children. Boys and girls are now being shamelessly invited to say whether they're traumatised or thrilled by the idea of being raised by two women or two men. This instrumentalisation of children is shocking: whatever the issue to be defended, children should never be held hostage by - and above all not be made the mouthpieces of - adults. This should be the guiding principle of our parliamentarians, whose backs are now to the wall."

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