There has been much ado about marriage pour tous or marriage for everyone these past couple of weeks in France. Yesterday the first article of the new equal marriage rights law, that says that two people of the opposite or the same sex can get married, was approved by the Assemblée Nationale, the French parliament.
Before the law got approved some people got on the street and waved some signs to show what they thought of the matter.
First the anti movement (According to the police about 350.000 people)
Then the pro movement (According to the police about 125.000 people)
Even though these numbers might give the impression that most French are against the law according to a survey 63% are in favour of it. I personally think it’s quite funny that the anti-movement chose pink as their colour theme, but maybe that’s just me.
By approving this law France will become the 12th country in the world where it’s possible for people of the same sex to get married. I’m quite proud that Belgium was the second country in the world to legalize gay marriage, only our liberal neighbours in the north, The Netherlands, were quicker. I think it’s also quite interesting that countries like Argentina, Spain and Portugal already have equal marriage rights while you would think they are more conservative than the UK or Germany for example.
A map about the current status of gay marriage rights in the world by a kind wikipedia contributor.
While revising for exams the past month I also learned some interesting facts about the depiction of homosexuality on television. On screen gay characters started to make their first appearances in the 70’s and 80’s. However they were usually only supporting roles. Being gay was usually seen as a problem or issue and could be the topic of a “gay-themed” episode. It all changed in the gay-nineties. Gay main character, the arise of queer series; all of the sudden their were gays everywhere on television. This wasn’t because all the television bosses in America all of the sudden decided to support gay rights. It was just a new technique of targeting the hip, urban, liberal, 30-40 somethings with a lot of money to spend. The “quality audience”. A nice side effect of capitalism. Nowadays homosexuality is portrayed in a more neutral way than it used to be, although you can still spot quite a few stereotypes.
Some of my favourite gay men (for some reason I haven’t watched many series with lesbian main characters) on television:
Quite an extravagant wedding indeed, a shame Lisa Minelli can’t speak though. Also to be clear even though I loved the series I think SATC 2 is a horrible film.
Oh and my opinion on gay marriage? I think if two people are in love and want to get married they should be able to. That’s all there is to it. I personally don’t get the controversy that equal marriage laws cause. Marriage is a personal choice, so I don’t get how it could affect the people who are against gay marriage in any way. After all, no one is forcing them to marry someone of the same sex.