Thursday, May 30, 2013

Culture news: Powerful speech delivered at French protest of homosexual marriage

First Things Daily Square has posted the speech delivered by Ludovine de la Rochère, the president of La Manif Pour Tous, the movement opposed to France’s recently passed homosexual marriage law. This speech was delivered at a mass rally on May 26, 2013—France’s Mother’s Day—before hundreds of thousands of supporters.  It is fascinating to read because the movement in opposition to homosexual marriage includes homosexual leaders. The whole speech is worth reading, as indicated by this brief excerpt:

"We are neither a political movement, nor a faith-based movement, nor a coalition of hateful homophobes. Our adversaries have tried everything to paint us in such a way. But they have failed, because one cannot deny that our cause is open to all who worry about the rights and well-being of children. We are people who are but mindful of the interest, the balance, and the happiness of the family. 

We are here, all so numerous, because our fundamental and universal values unite us. 

The truth is that we do not have the same notion of equality as our opponents do. Our belief, held by most of the country, rests first on the equality of children, equality before the right to have a father and mother, that is to say, an origin and real heritage, rather than a false heritage. Based on that we have come together as atheists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, right, left, straight, gay. For all, the truth that we owe to the child is sacred. We do not want children’s lives to be woven around lies, nor do we want gender studies ideology to triumph."

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