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

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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

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