French gay marriage hearing turns into bitter attack on religion4 December 2012
A French parliamentary committee session to hear religious leaders' objections to the planned legalisation of same-sex marriage turned into an aggressive attack "on religion in general and the Catholic Church in particular," Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, archbishop of Paris and head of the bishops' conference, said after the meeting on 29 November.
Leaders of the six main religions in France were granted 10 minutes each to explain their positions. The Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim leaders opposed the reform, which the National Assembly is due to pass by mid-2013.
"You're just lobbies," Left Radical MP Alain Touret told the religious leaders. "You've been wrong on practically all social issues."
MP Philippe Gosselin of the conservative UMP opposition party, who was not on the committee, described the hearings as a "fake debate".
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