France: We're OK With Gay Marriage ... Right?
Suddenly it's a political hot potato
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2012 6:02 PM CST
In this Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 photo, Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, right, and his live-in partner Qiyaammudeen Jantjies, who are married in South Africa, sit side-by-side in Sevran, France, outside Paris.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

(Newser) – New French President Francois Hollande rode to victory promising to legalize gay marriage, and with a majority of the public supporting it, what could go wrong? A lot, it turns out: Religious and rural leaders are opposing him, ambitious conservative politicians are piping up, and even his own Socialist ministers are sniping at each other, the AP reports. The result: His "marriage for everyone" law will come later than expected and may get watered down.

The debate exposes a cultural rift in France, where most people at least identify as Catholic, but civil unions remain popular among straight couples as well as gays and lesbians. One possible compromise: Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault favors gay marriage but without medically assisted reproduction like in vitro fertilization. For now, a small majority still supports gay marriage while approval of gay adoption has dipped below 50%. With own popularity declining, Hollande may have to expend more political capital on this than he expected.

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Nov 6, 2012 10:25 AM CST
The picture shows an inter-racial couple. Are they supposed to be gay too?
Nov 6, 2012 2:04 AM CST
Religion throughout the world has changed from being the opiate of the masses to the incendiary spark to ignite fury.
Nov 5, 2012 10:33 PM CST
so the Socialist is Not going to do what he said?/ improve economy, pay for everyone and everything, and legalize gay marriage! looks like our socialist are the same. promises promises Obama promised to not even run again if unemployment was not below 5%!! LIAR Obama promised to reach across the aisle, LIAR! Obaam promised many things to minions who live off government perks, and he delivered, we are all being screwed by Socialist asshole liars!