Originally Posted by KournikovaFan91
Finally, France seem so late on this, normally they would be considered a very socially liberal country, although I guess it was Sarko or some right wing bullshit holding them back. I'm not that well versed on French politics.
Jospin was Chirac's prime minister from 1997 to 2002, he initiated the PACS (in the article, it's mentioned : A law legalizing civil unions was introduced in 1999 in France under a previous Socialist government.
). He used to be against the gay marriage in 2004, saying it was denaturing the essence of the marriage. He changed his mind later (2006-2007), partly convinced by his wife, and partly he got more open-minded with time.
Now, he is totally pro-gay marriage.
After Jospin in 2002, it was 10 years of Chirac, Sarkozy, right wing politics.... It was out of question to talk about gay marriage, especially with Sarkozy.
In 2007, Royal wanted to legalize the gay marriage, but lost to Sarkozy (I guess because she is a woman, maybe France was not ready yet, plus she said some BS). Then, this year, Hollande made it as a huge promise in his program, and as he got elected, promised it would be applied in 2013.
Funnily enough, the right wing, after Sarkozy's departure, has to elect their new leader. Jean-François Copé is 100% against it, he even said that if he was president in 2017, he would abrogate the gay marriage law
OTOH, François Fillon is such a coward
He said he was against gay marriage but as it was gonna be voted by the representants of the people, then he would accept it and would not abrogate the law, even if he won 2017 elections.
He doesn't want to admit he doesn't care at all.