French MPs caught playing scrabble during gay marriage vote

Two members of the National Assembly of France were caught on camera playing scrabble during a debate on gay marriage

French MPs caught playing scrabble during gay marriage vote
05 February 2013

Two French legislators (known as deputies) were caught playing Scrabble during the National Assembly of France’s debate on gay marriage bill.

The two socialist deputies were caught on camera playing the game on iPads although it is unclear whether the pictures were taken during a break in the proceedings or while the debate itself was under way, reported the Daily Mail.

Among the words used during the game was ‘gache’, which is French for ‘wasted’, and ‘mufle’ which mean ‘cad’, ‘muzzle’, or ‘oaf’.

Gay Star News previously broke the story that the National Assembly has approved a key article of the bill that would legalise gay marriage.

The measure, approved by a 249-to-97 vote, dropped the legal requirement that a marriage in France must be between two people of the opposite sex.

Over 5,000 amendments were filed the bill, mostly by the opposition right wing parties, with over 2,000 yet to be discussed and voted upon.

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who delivered an emotional speech in favor of the bill earlier this week, said that the government was ‘happy and proud’ following the vote.

‘We are going to establish the freedom for everyone to choose his or her partner for a future together, she said. 

To become law, that measure must now be approved by France’s Senate and then may be passed to a committee that would harmonize the versions of the bill adopted by the two houses.

It would then be signed as law by French president Francois Hollande, who said he would personally like to attend the first marriage celebrations.

The parliamentary debate on the gay rights legislation is scheduled to be completed by 12 February, just in time for Valentines Day. 

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