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While cheers erupted in the New Zealand Parliament over the legalizationof same-sex marriage the same debate resulted in clashes between policeand protesters near the French National Assembly on Wednesday nightOpposition to the bill took a new turn in the past days amidst a climateof tensions and violence against the LGBT communityTwo gay men were assaulted in Paris on April 7 and skinheads sacked agay bar in Lille injuring three employees on Wednesday nightSince the beginning of 2013 weve received three time moretestimonies of homophobic acts than over the same period in 2012said Elisabeth Ronzier president of SOS-Homophobie in ParisThis sentiment is echoed by Laure Pora who works at Act Up-ParisIn the last four or five days there has been an outburst of verbalviolence from homophobic associations and strong calls to violencehe said referring to Frigide Barjot main figure of the anti same-sexmarriage movement who said if Hollande wants blood he will get itbefore nuancing her declarationWere in a climate where the homophobic speech is set free saidPoraThe bill now in second reading will be debated until the officialvote scheduled for April 23Sixty-seven protesters were arrested on Sunday night after a sit-in infront of the National Assembly in the context of multiple demonstrationsand actions targeting socialist MPs and supporters of the billOpponents to the bill called for demonstrations every day at theNational Assembly But they dont plan to stop thereIve been in politics for 30 years Ive never seen a mobilization ascommitted as the one in France right now said Christine Boutin oneof the main opponent and leader of the french Christian DemocraticParty Regardless whether the bill is adopted or not this movement willcontinueBoutin denies the movement is radicalizingWe havent had a single broken window not a single burned car despitethe fact demonstrations in France always end up like that she saidThere are more than one million people in the street there isnt amillion of homophobes in France she said referring to the March 24demonstration
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