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FRANCE: Bullets Mailed To Gay Mayor

The openly gay mayor of the French town of Sigolsheim was mailed bullets this week in yet another death threat about same-sex marriage. Via The Local:
Speitel, who is gay himself, said he was “shocked” by the incident and described the act as “odious”. The threat comes after Speitel gave a recent interview to the local newspaper Derniers Nouvelles d’Alsace in which he talked about the probability he would marry his partner and the prospect of them adopting children. He also slammed the homophobic incidents that have taken place in France over recent months, that have been blamed on the poisonous atmosphere created by some of the more extreme opponents of gay marriage. Along with the bullets, Speitel, a practicing Catholic, was sent a copy of his newspaper interview, which contained scrawled handwritten homophobic insults.
This is just the latest incident in the campaign against pro-gay French politicians. Last month the head of the French Assembly was mailed gunpowder and two Socialist legislators were sent letters containing threats to murder them and their families. According to the above-linked article, a poll released today shows that 67% of the French public wants the protests to stop because "France is ready to move on."

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