Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Equality comes to France

The French Parliament has just passed a marriage equality law. Which means that once it is approved by the constitutional court and signed by the president, France will become the 14th country in the world to permit same-sex marriage.

In New Zealand, the law passed in an atmosphere of joy, with people queuing for hours in the rain outside Parliament for space in the gallery. In France, the parliament was surrounded by riot police armed with water cannon after violent protests, and several bigots were ejected from the gallery after attempting to disrupt proceedings. Which is I guess what happens when you have too many bigots in your society who want to violently deny other people their human rights.