Thousands march in Paris to support gay marriage

Jan 28, 2013 Full story: The Star Online

Tens of thousands of people marched through Paris on Sunday to support the French government's plan to legalise gay marriage and adoption, but the turnout fell well short of a mass demonstration against the project two weeks ago.

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Since: Jun 11

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#1 Jan 28, 2013

"it is instructive to recall in this regard that the traditional, well-established legal rules and practices of our not-so-distant past (1) barred interracial marriage,(2) upheld the routine exclusion of women from many occupations and official duties, and (3) considered the relegation of racial minorities to separate and assertedly equivalent public facilities and institutions as constitutionally equal treatment." ""If we have learned anything from the significant evolution in the prevailing societal views and official policies toward members of minority races and toward women over the past half-century, it is that even the most familiar and generally accepted of social practices and traditions often mask unfairness and inequality that frequently is not recognized or appreciated by those not directly harmed by those practices or traditions."

"Conventional understanding of marriage must yield to a more contemporary appreciation of the rights entitled to constitutional protection. Interpreting our state constitutional provisions in accordance with firmly established equal protection principles leads inevitably to the conclusion that gay persons are entitled to marry the otherwise qualified same sex partner of their choice." "To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others."
(In re marriage cases, Ca Supreme Court)
David Traversa

Argentina

#2 Jan 28, 2013
It fell short because the opposition probably paid to recruit; money from Churches' and Islam's coffers, most likely.. just as in crooked political campaigns.. But there had already been another pro-gay demonstration; and together with last Sunday's they certainly match numbers..

Since: Jun 11

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#3 Jan 28, 2013
David Traversa wrote:
It fell short because the opposition probably paid to recruit; money from Churches' and Islam's coffers, most likely.. just as in crooked political campaigns.. But there had already been another pro-gay demonstration; and together with last Sunday's they certainly match numbers..
Additionally, I believe many who support equality understand they have nothing to lose either way. Unless they have family and friends who are harmed by discrimination, they are not motivated enough to disrupt their weekend plans to support a law that doesn't affect them either way.

Those opposed to treating others as they would themselves, are motivated by fear of the unknown, and the urging and even instructions of their religious leaders. They have been led to believe they will be harmed by equal rights.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#4 Jan 28, 2013
David Traversa wrote:
It fell short because the opposition probably paid to recruit; money from Churches' and Islam's coffers, most likely.. just as in crooked political campaigns.. But there had already been another pro-gay demonstration; and together with last Sunday's they certainly match numbers..
It fell short because of the natural progression of these political battles. The difference between the anti-equality marchers and last weekend's marchers is that most of the former will not return for another march, while most of the latter will return with reinforcements.

Particularly with major religious organizations aligned against gays, our movements have always started small and grown. The anti-gay movements have all-but-disappeared. The marriage debate is their last desperate hurrah.

Consider that in the seventies, Anita Bryant could muster a crowd of anti-gay protesters bigger than the NYC Pride Parade. Then look at those pitiful rallies of a dozen spectators (often consisting of newsmen) at NOM's Summer for Marriage tour.

I don't know how long demonstrations will continue in France, but I can assure you that many who were cajoled into attending through their priests' commandments will not so stir themselves again. The next set of demonstrations will be nearly equal.
David Traversa

Argentina

#5 Jan 28, 2013
Thank you Not Yet Equal and nhjeff..

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