Main | Friday, April 19, 2013

French MPs Fistfight Over Gay Marriage

Members of France's National Assembly came to blows yesterday as the finalization of  same-sex marriage was debated. Via Pink News:
On Friday, the lower house of French National Assembly almost mirrored violent protests outside, around the issue of equal marriage, as MPs came to the end of the capped 25-hour debate around the bill which would allow equal marriage, and same sex couples the right to adopt.

Punches were reportedly thrown in the scuffle, which lasted several minutes, whilst ministers shouted “out”, “out”. One minister said he had never experienced such an incident in his 30 years in the lower house. The incident, which was attributed to fatigue and the high emotions brought on by the controversial nature of the issue, was condemned by the ruling Socialist party.
Aside from the fisticuffs, things went well for our side and the very last vote is expected to take place on Tuesday. In this clip the video stream is paused just as the fight begins.

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