Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

'Requiem for a recorder'

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan's Political Turmoil: Can Imran Khan's PTI Party Depose the Government?

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan's Political Turmoil: Can Imran Khan's PTI Party Depose the Government? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Racism, riots and police violence: USA under scrutiny

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

"The pen is mightier than the sword"

Read more

FOCUS

Israel's minorities and military service

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Russia targets McDonald's over tensions with West

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola: Liberian authorities admit 17 patients are missing

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'New York Post' slammed for publishing Foley execution images

Read more

  • Special report: Supplying Ukraine’s soldiers on the front line

    Read more

  • Israeli air strike kills three top Hamas commanders

    Read more

  • US forces tried to rescue slain reporter from IS captors

    Read more

  • Former Femen activist detained after fighting veiled woman

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies at 81

    Read more

  • Tensions high in Yemen as Shiite rebel deadline looms

    Read more

  • Thailand coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha voted prime minister

    Read more

  • Deadly street battles hit Ukrainian rebel stronghold

    Read more

  • US attorney general visits Missouri town after fatal shooting

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

  • Brazil’s Silva launches bid after Campos plane crash death

    Read more

  • Netanyahu compares Hamas to IS, Gaza offensive to continue

    Read more

  • Brutal IS beheading video sparks social media pushback

    Read more

  • France’s ex-PM Juppé sets up presidential clash with Sarkozy

    Read more

France

Anti-gay marriage leader sends ‘best wishes' to France’s first gay newlyweds

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-05-30

Frigide Barjot, a leader of France’s anti-gay marriage movement, sent her “best wishes” on Wednesday to the country’s first homosexual couple to tie the knot. But other activists have reacted with renewed anger.

She has long been the figurehead of France’s passionate anti-gay marriage movement, but as Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau tied the knot in the country’s first gay wedding on Wednesday, Frigide Barjot sent a message of congratulations to the happy couple.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Barjot, who was best known as a comedian before her delve into political activism, said that she was sending her “best wishes of commitment, loyalty and happiness” to Vincent and Bruno.

In recent months, those against the legalisation of gay marriage, passed into law earlier in May, have held numerous protests in Paris and elsewhere, some of which have turned violent.

But with gay marriage in France now a fact, Barjot is calling for the movement to enter a “new phase” under the moniker “The Future for All”.

She believes that the battle must now play out in the political field and called on candidates for France’s 2014 municipal polls to add repealing the gay marriage law to their election platforms.

In the same spirit, she also asked for those opposed to the marriage of same-sex couples to stay away from Wednesday’s wedding.

First gay wedding a ‘Pandora’s box’

However, not everyone in the anti-gay marriage movement seems to agree with Barjot’s call for a new, calmer approach.

The far-right, Christian fundamentalist group the Civitas Institute released a statement Wednesday claiming that France’s first gay marriage opens a "Pandora's box” and that legislators were now "prisoners of a logic that goes against nature”.

“How can lawmakers refuse polygamous or incestuous marriage between consenting adults for long?" said Alain Escada, president of Civitas.

The group vowed that it "will continue to work without fail” for the repeal of the gay marriage legislation, as well as “help maintain a determined resistance against the subversive plan of a revolutionary government subject to occult forces”.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-05-29

  • FRANCE

    France's first gay marriage takes place in Montpellier

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    France’s anti-gay marriage movement eyes next battle

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Thousands join Paris rally against gay marriage law

    Read more

COMMENT(S)