facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Same-sex marriage bill provokes fistfight in French Parliament

April 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM   |   Comments

PARIS, April 19 (UPI) -- A fistfight on the floor of the French Parliament ended an acrimonious debate over a French government same-sex marriage bill, a member said.

About 20 right-wing members rushed the floor after a perceived insult from one of Justice Minister Christiane Taubira's advisers during the session Thursday night, Radio France Internationale reported Friday.

The official video of the proceedings was cut off as tempers rose.

"Punches were thrown," said Socialist Member of Parliament Thierry Mandon, "a sign that it's a good thing we will take the final vote on this law Tuesday."

During a protest by thousands of people outside Parliament Thursday, several dozen opponents of same-sex marriage were arrested.

In the northern city of Lille, three men appeared in court, charged in an attack on a gay bar Wednesday in which three employees were injured and furniture was smashed, Radio France Internationale said.

The proposed legislation would legalize same-sex marriages in France.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine
2
Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way
3
Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no' Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no'
4
Tony Hayward: Kurdish oil sector open for business Tony Hayward: Kurdish oil sector open for business
5
American man detained by South Korean marines American man detained by South Korean marines
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback