France’s Parliament says yes to marriage equality.

Add another likely nation to the list of those that will endure virtually no change to their well-being with regards to their economy, to natural disasters, and pretty much everything on account of letting people marry the consenting adult of their choice.  The French Parliament has voted, overwhelmingly, in favor of equality.

Deputies voted 249-97 in favour of redefining marriage as being an agreement between two people – not just between a man and a woman.

President Francois Hollande’s Socialists and their left-wing supporters backed it, opposed by many opposition UMP and centrist MPs.

The proposals have generated protests and counter-protests for months.

Opinion polls suggest that around 55-60% of French people support gay marriage, though only about 50% approve of gay adoption.

Correspondents say the ease with which the article passed suggests the bill as a whole will pass.

It’s a trend of conservatives when a measure passes that the population statistically wants, to speak for “the people” when assuring us that this isn’t something they want.  France’s conservatives do not disappoint.

UMP MP Philippe Gosselin said the legislation was only the beginning of a trend that the French people did not want.

“Today it is marriage and adoption. Tomorrow it will be medically assisted conception and surrogate mothers.”

Proper response: ok.  Worst slippery slope argument since “If we allow pre-marital holding hands, next we’ll have to allow oral sex!”  Oh…no…anything but that.

If we allow stable gay people to marry, next we’ll have to allow them to adopt children who were taken away from their abusive or otherwise unfit straight parents!  While that doesn’t necessarily follow…sounds good to me.  If (when) gay marriage gets fully legalized, I hope the rational members of the French Parliament hold the conservatives to their word on that one.  We allowed gay marriage, so now we must allow them to adopt, right?

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Glodson

    I wish the ball would get rolling quicker. It is good to see progress, but it is slow and painful. It feels like many places are getting there, but as we get closer, a wall of stupid slams right into our heads. I can already imagine the shitstorm of stupidity in this very commenting thread if a certain recent troll shows up.

    Anyways, any person who is stable and capable and willing to take on the responsibilities of being a parent should be allowed to do so. Even if the sexuality of the parent was a primary cause for the sexuality of the child. We know it isn’t, but then again, most of us try to pay attention to the whole evidence and science thing.

    Certainly, anyone should be able to marry whoever they chose. I have never understood the reasoning for any bans on gay marriage. It never made any sense. Even as a theist. Oh, I was a champion Cafeteria Christian(Have you read that fucking thing?! You have to cherry pick, or master paraconsistent logic at age 5.).

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  • McFidget

    On a similar note the British house of commons voted in favor of marriage equality today. 400 for, 175 against.

  • Loqi

    *That* is the conservatives’ argument? Have the groups defending Prop 8 contacted them yet? I think it would compliment their “unintended pregnancy” argument.

  • Das Boese

    “Today it is marriage and adoption. Tomorrow it will be medically assisted conception and surrogate mothers.”
    Response: Let’s hope so!

  • Carlos Cabanita

    In Portugal marriage equality exists since April 2010. Apart from some initiatives from the Catholic church to overthrow it, it ceased to be news. People get married, get about their lives, that’s all. What worries everybody worries right now is the Troika and the external debt.