Homophobia still high a decade since France allowed same-sex marriage
France celebrates the 10th anniversary of same-sex marriage Pic: Ground Picture / Shutterstock
More than 70,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot since 2013. But campaigners say violence against the LGBT community remains high
It is a decade since French MPs approved a bill that paved the way for same-sex marriage to be legalised in France.
More than 70,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot since the law cleared parliament on April 23, 2013.
The legislation was hugely controversial. Dubbed mariage pour tous, or marriage for everyone, it sparked a long, acrimonious debate and saw hundreds of thousands hit the streets in opposition.
Among those opposing same-sex marriage was France’s current interior minister, Gérald Darmanin. Back in 2013, he was an MP from the right-wing Les Républicains party and called it a “damaging project”.
He admitted on Friday (April 21) that he had been wrong and outlined government plans to tackle homophobia.
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