Furor in the National Assembly
If I tried to collate the Atlantis-sized mass of material from Le Salon Beige on the goings-on in the National Assembly, I would find myself swallowed up in a perpetually churning quagmire with no bottom, and no air pocket. Alligators, crocodiles, sharks, and prehistoric reptilia would seize my thorax choking off oxygen, until the final coup de grâce by a flesh-eating monster, aided by cohorts of multi-resistant bacteria.
A bit of an exaggeration, but it gives you an insight into my mood and lets you know that there is more information than one poor mind can handle. Especially at 6:00 a.m. with no sleep (yet).
Here is one article entitled "PMA: furor and confusion in the National Assembly". PMA refers to medically assisted procreation, an automatic amendment to Taubira's bill, despite her earlier (and mendacious) insistence that the PMA would not be a part of the new law:
While debating goes on in the National Assembly this Sunday (February 3) on the Taubira bill, an announcement from Matignon has created a disturbance. (Note: Matignon is the residence of the prime minister.) By postponing a potential law on PMA, the prime minister is starting to back off (it may be tactical, strategic, or definitive, it does not matter for now) and sowing the seeds of confusion, while at the same time Dominique Bertinotti, minister of the Family, and Erwann Binet, rapporteur of the bill, announced that the PMA would be part of the next family law to be debated in March and voted on in June. It is a political retraction.
Note: If the deputies are confused, imagine how I feel. The PMA is actually an amendment to the Taubira bill, and it is now on the back-burner, if not a dead issue. But Dominique Bertinotti, minister of the Family, insists that PMA will be debated and voted on before the end of 2013, as part of the latest law on the family.
If the PMA is on hold, an amendment allowing mayors and their adjuncts the freedom to refuse to marry homosexual couples was defeated. Remember François Hollande had promised "freedom of conscience" to all mayors. Another one bites the dust.
One amendment that was adopted by the Assembly had been introduced by the Socialists. It guarantees marriage to couples living abroad in countries where homosexual marriage is banned, provided one of the partners is a French national.
If you read French and would like to feel less confused, this article from Yahoo may help. You can also read an article from Les Inrocks that calls Christiane Taubira an icon, and reveals that a giant bouquet of roses will be sent to her for Valentine's Day, paid for by a "crowd funding" effort.
Back to Le Salon Beige:
Not only did the right-wing opposition rush into the breach to prove that the government governs by sight reading, with no preparation, no concerted effort, but the extreme left (Greens and Communists), that favors the inclusion into Taubira's law of the PMA, was furious. The Socialist deputies who apparently were not warned about the change of plan, were stunned. A certain confusion reigns in the amphitheater. Bruno le Roux, leader of the Socialist deputies, seems to have lost control of himself and is threatening the government. He had given up the idea of introducing an amendment on the PMA when he received a promise that it would be adopted in March.
Note: Apparently le Roux had his own version of a PMA amendment that he shelved, thinking it wasn't necessary.
The prime minister is in Cambodia. (It's curious how they manage to be in some exotic land when things heat up.) Nobody in the Assembly is capable of knowing the exact position of the government on the PMA. Sessions continue to be suspended. The left is looking for the right language. For having tried to go too fast, the Socialist Party caught its feet in the pedals.
Note: In French slang "pédale" means "gay".
Le Salon Beige readers feel the government has made a fool of itself, has proven itself incompetent and amateurish, and that the anti-gay marriage movement must continue full speed ahead.
Above, Christian Taubira speaking in the National Assembly January 29. Below, me.