‘Vive les Mariés!’

Published on 23 April 2013 at 10:00

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On the day of the parliamentary vote on the law legalising same-sex marriage and marriage and adoption, Libération has invited the artists and romantic couple Pierre and Gilles to provide front-page and section illustrations for its April 23 edition.
France is set to become the 14th country to authorise marriage between people of the same sex.
However, the vote will take place against the backdrop of a difficult social context, while the opponents of “marriage for all,” who have pledged that they will continue to demonstrate, are still hoping to have the law repealed.
The daily hails

… a change that has largely been anticipated by society. The authorisation of marriage and/or adoption amounts to an unflustered affirmation that profound cultural movements are infinitely more powerful and a much greater force for social integration than the “elusive” eternal being who established, once and for all, who should be a father, who should be a mother, and what should constitute a family.

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