Reuters: "French Conservatives Gear Up Against Gay Marriage"



Roman Catholic bishops and conservative politicians are stepping their campaign against French President Francois Hollande's plan to legalize gay marriage days before his government presents its draft law in cabinet.

Paris Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois is expected to call for a broad mobilization against the law when Catholic bishops meet in the southwestern pilgrimage town of Lourdes for their annual plenary on Saturday.

Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen and Jean-Francois Cope, who is campaigning to lead the main opposition UMP party, both backed proposals this week for a large national protest march in defense of traditional marriage.

Protesters took to the streets of 75 cities and towns across France last week and lay Catholic leaders have called for another round of demonstrations in mid-November. Sample letters against the law have been posted on websites sent to elected officials.

"In a rare turn for France, the Catholic Church finds itself setting the tone for the political opposition," wrote the Catholic newspaper La Croix. "The bishops have been raising their voices in a crescendo."


  1. James Gilliard
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Why are you putting up things about France and not what happened last night in AMERICA, the country you are from. NOM went 0 for 4 last night, lost the retention vote, and we now have our first open lesbian in the US Senate! Good job NOM, way to prove that marriage equality is here!!

  2. CuriousGeorge
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    0 for 4? Try 0 for 7. (Although we will have to wait a little while for WA to be called.
    Obama (the gay rights president)
    Grisanti (the marriage equality NY State senator)
    Wiggins (the IA 'activist' judge)
    MD, ME - marriage equality YES.
    WA - soon to be marriage equality YES
    MN - enshrining discrimination in the state constitution - NO

  3. James Gilliard
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Thanks Geroge! You are correct... I was just commenting on the ballot measures since NOM et all tout these as proof as to what the populace wants! I am more proud of my country today then I have ever been!!

  4. Son of Adam
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    The people have been duped. SS"M" is a political tool used to promote gay identity politics masquerading as "equal rights". Why do you think an average of only 5% of all gays get "married" wherever it is legal?

    With this election, gay activists are bound to get more arrogant and more aggressive with further attacks on people of faith and their religious liberties.

  5. Mikhail
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    @Son of Adam, well they will probably go for NJ and California next, maybe Hawaii. However, these are the most left wing states in the country: Washington, Maryland etc. they would be creamed here in Texas. The next big focus is protecting s3 of DOMA when it enters the SC

  6. Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Totally amazing. The times are finally changing....even with these unfair and unconstitutional tyrannical referendums.

  7. Dan
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    >>The people have been duped. SS"M" is a political tool used to promote gay identity politics masquerading as "equal rights".

    True. No doubt many of those who voted to redefine marriage don't fully comprehend the ramifications of what they have done.

    >>With this election, gay activists are bound to get more arrogant and more aggressive with further attacks on people of faith and their religious liberties.

    Sadly, also true. It's certainly *not* a victory for non-discrimination, tolerance, nor American ideals as those voters were led to believe. We've seen that demonstrated time and time again. I guess we either didn't do a good enough job educating the masses on these issues or our society has become so depraved that those who place a priority upon such things are outnumbered.

    Regardless, nothing has changed where it ultimately matters. Man's vote to redefine marriage can never trump the definition given it by the Lord from the beginning. No doubt that those who care about their soul's eternal destination would do well to make note of how the Lord defined it in Matthew 19:4-5: "And He answered and said, ""Haven't you read the Scriptures?" Jesus replied. "They record that from the beginning 'God made them male and female.' And he said, 'This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.'

    Yesterday's election brings us one step closer to the Lord's return. Although we read in Genesis 18 how He heard the many cries against Sodom and Gomorrah's sins, he didn't act until the cities had only one righteous family left within them. Will the Lord wait as long this time around? Who knows, but we're obviously moving in that direction and I think it's later than a lot of people think. So, if you have not yet obeyed the Gospel and been added to the Lord's church (Acts 2:38-41), please hurry, there may not be much time.

  8. d
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    there is no such thing as marriage equality. Homosexuality is not cannot and never will be equalto heterosexuality. What is going on here is LGBT rights and the social acceptance of homosexuality which will lead to legal acceptance of chid molestation. NOM needs to change tactics and expose the LGBT movement for what it is perversion. Use their propoganda, fetishes and filth agaist them. If someone in the media would nationally put on tv in its entirely gay parades it would stop this filth in it tracks. The liberal media purposely blackouts this because they know what takes place after all homosexuals must appear to be like the rest of us. People will accuse me of being a homophobe and this is true. Homosexuals scare the crap out of me. Look at the STDS epidemic among gay men. Look at the extremely high rates of domestic abuse especially among lesbians and the 70 percent divorce rate. I can be at this all day. Think of our children. God help us all.

  9. FemEagle
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    This is where the gay-"marriage" advocates got smart...they used the same tactics Madison Avenue has been using to sell cigarettes to idiots for decades, despite the fact that everyone (except idiots) know that cigarettes kill people: Phrasing is everything. Gay "marriage" - a term that repulses most people - was changed to "marriage equality". Slap the world "equality" on an issue and some Americans will respond to it whether its application is valid or not. It apparently worked last night in the dippier states of the Union (although even there, the vote was extremely close) - but it would never work in the Midwest or more sensible regions. So true marriage is safe, and will remain that way, in the majority of the States.

  10. Sean
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Iowa is in the midwest you idiot

  11. Daughter of Eve
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Wheat growing up with the tares. And the harvest is coming.

  12. James Gilliard
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    How about instead of deleting comments, you allow a discussion of the facts. And you guys scream when people put words in your mouth, but you don't allow others to speak their minds! Shame on you!!

  13. Preserve Marriage
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    "Gay 'marriage' - a term that repulses most people - was changed to 'marriage equality'. Slap the world 'equality' on an issue ..."

    And nobody asks, "What's the inequality?"

    In my state, homosexuals can get married as easily as homosexuals, and neither can marry a member of the same sex. Nevertheless, homosexual "marriage" activists yell "discrimination", even though there's no sexual preference requisite for getting married.

    They holler "hate" and "BIGOT" -- yet commitment to a definition of marriage, that has existed for millenia, isn't hate.

    Merriam-Webster defines a "bigot" as "a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices," yet the same-sex marriage advocate is more obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices than the marriage supporter.

    These election results proved that.

    They win with the unchallenged spin and soundbites. Typical politics.

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