A bill that would extend marriage and adoption rights to gay and lesbian couples in France is expected to receive final approval on Tuesday in the country’s National Assembly.
Guillaume Bonnet of All Out and other same-sex marriage advocates have become increasingly concerned with rhetoric against the bill they contend has sparked a spate of anti-gay violence across France – three men reportedly beat cabaret singer Raphaël Leclerc unconscious early Saturday morning as he and his partner left a Nice nightclub.
National Assembly President Claude Bartolone on Monday received a letter that contained gunpowder.
Frigide Barjot, a comedian who leads the movement against the same-sex marriage and adoption bill known as Le Manif Pour Tous, has repeatedly tried to distance herself from the anti-gay violence the measure’s supporters maintain her rhetoric insights.
“At the end of the day she has to take responsibility for her speech,” Bonnet told the Washington Blade from Paris on Monday.
The bill’s opponents can prompt a constitutional review of the measure if their effort receives the support of 60 members of the Senate or the National Assembly. President François Hollande, who publicly backed the extension of marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples during his 2012 presidential campaign, has already said lawmakers and not the constitution should decide issue.
The country’s first same-sex weddings are expected to take place in Montpellier in mid-June if the bill becomes law.