Commend France for Supporting Same Sex Marriage

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Target: French Parliament

Goal: Thank the French government for legalizing gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples

French President Francois Hollande and his Socialist administration celebrated a victory recently when the lower house of French parliament approved a sweeping bill that will legalize gay marriage and allow same sex couples to adopt children. The measure was passed in the National Assembly in a 329-to-229 vote, despite a slew of protests over the last several months by opponents of the bill. The bill will now move through to the Senate, which is also controlled by the Socialists.

Although polling indicates most French people support gay marriage, the numbers get trickier when the concept of children is a factor. Several other European countries have legalized gay marriage including the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Spain. In other parts of the world, Argentina, South Africa and Canada have also legalized gay marriage. And of course, in the United States, several states have passed their own laws legalizing gay marriage.

Much like the divide in the United States, the issue exposes tension between a progressive leftist legislative majority in France, and more traditional conservatives. Critics of the legislation complained that the bill would be damaging to families. In response the Socialists, much like American liberals, framed the issue as one of equal rights.

The government however didn’t get all it wanted. Hollande’s Socialists backed off plans to connect the measure to relaxed restrictions on fertility treatments after controversy surrounding its stance on assisted reproduction. The issue is expected to come up in a separate bill later this year.

Thank the French government for setting an example for the rest of the world and accomplishing this major step in realizing equality for all human beings.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear French Parliament,

I am so thrilled to hear of the passage of the gay marriage and adoption bill in your country. You have now joined the ranks of the nations that also protect these important rights, and set an example for the nations that have yet to catch up. I hope that your nation continues to fight for equal rights for the LGBT community.

The United States has not yet reached a unanimous decision on gay marriage, but is slowly reforming state by state, and continues to fight for the same national legislation you have just passed. World attitudes about LGBT rights are shifting, and I am grateful that you took such an important step to set an example for all other nations that value equality and acceptance.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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