The Vatican is doubling down on its anti-gay marriage stance, which today had the unlikely result of a group of women ripping their shirts off as Pope Benedict gave his Sunday address, reports Reuters. Four members of the Ukrainian Femen group screamed “homophobes, shut up!” and shed their shirts to reveal slogans including “In Gay We Trust,” but were quickly carted away by police.
The Pope didn’t appear to notice.– Newser
No, I bet he didn’t. The photographers sure did. Notice how the cops bravely deployed hands-on maneuvers to detain the protesters — no doubt their intent was to spare us the sight of those naked bouncing bubs. Nice work if you can get it.
Meanwhile, in Paris, hundreds of thousands of citizens rallied to protest President Francois Hollande’s plan to legalize gay marriage.
Hollande promised during his campaign last year to give full marriage rights to same-sex couples. But the “marriage for all” bill has been met with stronger-than-expected opposition, especially in rural areas.
Demonstrators from across Europe converged on the Eiffel Tower in Paris Sunday to protest against the French government’s plans to legalize gay marriage by June. Organizers claimed 800,000 people were in attendance for the rally, while police put the number at 340,000.
Protest organizers have said they are not against gays and lesbians, but for traditional marriage. They say they only allowed approved posters and banners to be displayed, with slogans that include “marriageophile, not homophobe,” “testicles don’t have eggs,” “all born of a father and mother” and “paternity, maternity, and quality.” — dw.de
“Testicles don’t have eggs.” I bet that sounds better in French.
From where I sit, it appears to me the world is very confused and conflicted about this issue, which shouldn’t be an issue at all. Marriage is a legal institution that serves many cultures and societies quite well. Ask any woman (heh heh just joking, dear.) Homosexuality is as natural a phenomenon in the animal animals as left-handedness among humans. Why can’t we make this work? Who’s harmed by same-sex marriages?
It’s nice to see the French turn out in force for something other than surrendering, though.