French comedian and anti-gay supporter, Frigide Barjot, is critical of the French government’s decision to speed up the process to pass the bill that would legalize same-sex marriage.
Barjot put together a group consiting of conservatives and religious groups leading the anti-gay movement called Manif pour Tous (Demo for All).
Manif pour Tous has been very vocal about how they feel this bill is being forced on them and has planned their next big rally on May 26, around the time that the National Assembly will likely approve the bill.
President Francois Hollande approved the original bill that would legalize adoption and marriage for same-sex couples back in November. In order to slow down the process, anti-gay legislators added 5,000 parts to the bill, but the National assembly passed it in a vote of 329-229 in February, sending it back to the Senate who passed the legislation last week. The bill returns to the National Assembly with minor Senate changes for final approval.
“This is a disgrace. The French people don’t want this law, and what do they do? They speed up its passage. Hollande wants blood, and he will get it,” Barjot, a born again Catholic, told French reporters.
Same-sex marriage supporters say that Manif pour Trous’ boisterous protests are the cause of the rise in LGBT crime occurring in the country. Earlier this month, a gay couple was attacked leaving one of the victims with a fractured skull and a missing tooth.
Of course, Barjot denies claims that Manif pour Trous has anything to do with the anti-gay crimes happening. At the last anti-gay rally, police had to fire tear gas at protestors who tried to jump the barricades.
5,000 people took part in a rally last week holding signs that read things like “Our love is stronger than your hate,” in response to the anti-gay protestors.