Russia and Poland vs France
Both Poland and Russia have taken steps against gay marriage and gay propaganda:
On Friday (January 25) the Russian deputies adopted on the first reading a controversial bill punishing any public act constituting "homosexual propaganda aimed at minors". The bill was passed by 388 votes in favor, one opposed and one abstention.
The bill was introduced in the Duma in March 2012 by the Parliament of the region of Novosibirsk, in Siberia, that had already adopted it on the local level and wanted it extended to the entire country. Activists and human rights advocates fear that the formulation of the law will permit those who demonstrate for gay rights or who even hold hands in public to be condemned.
At his blog Yves Daoudal adds this unpleasant though not surprising bit of information:
The United States was quicker than the EU or the Council of Europe in declaring immediately that it was "profoundly worried" by this bill that is liable to be an impediment to freedom of speech and assembly in Russia…
Yves Daoudal also has an item on Poland:
Last July the Polish deputies had rejected any debate on four proposed bills that would institute a sort of civil union pact. The liberals in power had said that these bills were poorly conceived and announced that they were preparing their own bill.
This bill was debated yesterday (January 25) along with two other bills. These two were widely rejected, the bill proposed by the liberals was rejected by a majority of only seventeen votes.
It should be noted that the minister of Justice had immediately judged the three bills as unconstitutional.
The homosexualists will not stop there…
While all that was going on, the mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë made the following statement:
Society advances, and I believe that this new progress of equality in love, equality in parenting is desirable. There you have it. We are advancing. This bill will be passed and all of French society will be better off for it.
And Jean-Luc Mélenchon, former presidential candidate and sympathizer of the Communist Party declared:
It's a fight for the opening of the mind, for the capacity to understand others, for a more harmonious society, in which love has a bigger place. (…) we're giving the peoples of the world an image that this too is France, a France that is for equality, for openness towards others…
Below, one more view of the pro-gay marriage demonstration. The sign reads:
Mary, the first surrogate mother.
Note: Many more demonstrations are being planned by the opponents of gay marriage.