Wednesday, May 8, 2013

French poster promoting anti-gay rights demonstration attacked as racist

After it went viral, the poster deleted the tweet, which depicts France’s Guiana-born Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira, who is black and has been a the main proponent of the bill legalising same-sex marriage, as a raging gorilla/King Kong, overwhelmed by a flow of demonstrators from the “Manif Pour Tous,” the leading anti-marriage equality organization.
     The slogan is a pun: “manif monstre” can mean ‘giant demo.’
     One reaction: “[The anti-same sex marriage crowd] go from presumed homophobes to proven racists.”
     The bill legalising same-sex marriage was voted into law on April 23 after more than 140 hours of heated parliamentary debates, massive demonstrations from both side and rising tensions in French society. It has been blamed for a series of violent clashes between protesters and homophobic attacks.
     The opposition has appealed to the Constitutional Court in the hope that it will reverse or modify the law, a decision it will make within the coming days.
     France is now the 14th country in the world to allow same-sex couples to wed and the ninth in Europe.

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