Straight French MPs kiss for gay marriage

An image of Yann Galut and Nicolas Bays went viral after a quarter of a million people protested for marriage equality in France

Straight French MPs kiss for gay marriage
28 January 2013 Print This Article

Two straight French members of parliament decided to show their solidarity with gay rights advocates in their own way – they kissed.

Socialist MPs Yann Galut and Nicolas Bays joined the ‘Marriage for All’ protests on Sunday (27 January), where a reported quarter of a million people marched across the country.

The National Assembly will begin discussions of the marriage equality bill tomorrow (29 January), giving same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children.

Galut said: ‘We’re both straight, we’re both married with children. But today with the kiss of solidarity, it meant we, as parliamentary members who start fighting for same-sex marriage legislation in two days, we stand in solidarity with homosexuals.

‘We stand in solidarity with their demands.’

The image of the two MPs went viral, and has been met with praise and outrage from their colleagues.

Right-wing MP Philippe Gosselin said it was ‘ridiculous and needlessly provocative’, while left-wing MP Karine Berger called them ‘heroes’.

Today (28 January), it was revealed two in three people in France support same-sex marriage.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Martin Sheen on playing gay then and now

Grace and Frankie star remembers the tremendous controversy when he starred in 1972 TV movie That Certain Summer
No thumbnail available

Russia 'persuaded' to change wording in Olympic Truce which ignored gay and trans rights

Following pressure from within the United Nations, Russia changes wording on truce for the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics
No thumbnail available

Korea rapper apologizes for 'faggot' lyric

Label says the anti-gay slur was ‘used in a musical sense'
No thumbnail available

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton speaks out in favor of gay marriage in his state

Wants state to be place where 'no one is told that it is illegal to marry the person you love'
No thumbnail available

California's Attorney General Kamala Harris talks to Gay Star News about the fight for same-sex marriage

'Until all people have equal rights, especially on this issue of marriage, we can't celebrate'
No thumbnail available

Comic book hero Judge Dredd ‘could be gay’

The fictional lawman hero with the power to deal out instant justice is seen possibly kissing a man in a gay club in a future issue
No thumbnail available

7 tips to being the feminine trans woman you are

Former My Transsexual Summer star and make-up artist Drew-Ashlyn shares more tips to being feminine and fabulous
No thumbnail available

Gay life in Turkey, the land of strength and sunshine

Turkey offers unparalleled history, stunning scenery and a tradition of hospitality, but what’s it like for LGBT visitors and citizens? Jack Scott, who lived there openly with his partner, explains
No thumbnail available

Does Miley Cyrus have bisexual past?

Says not all her past relationships have been 'straight, heterosexual' ones
No thumbnail available

Nigerian Anglican Church requiring office holders to denounce homosexuality

The Anglican Church in Nigeria has banned homosexuals and bisexuals from all official roles within the church – forcing potential office holders to denounce homosexuality before God