Right-wing French activists are applauding the suicide of a man in Notre Dame cathedral as a protest against marriage equality.
Dominique Venner, a far-right activist, shot himself in the mouth in front of the famous church’s altar as an act of defiance against a new law that allows same-sex French couple to legally marry.
Venner, 78, left behind a message near his body and a final essay on his website denouncing the law, according to Press TV
Outraged that same-sex marriage is about to become legal in their country, anti-gay French men have formed a protest group called Les Hommen. In their public protests across France, the men stand stripped to the waist and holding hands. In what is perhaps a parody of Femen – the female activists who protest topless with feminist slogans written on their bodies – the members of Les Hommen have anti-gay messages scribbled on their bare torsos. They wear their pants pulled down below their underwear, and they often wear masks at their demonstrations.
A special convention set up to reform the Irish constitution has recommended that same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage under the law.
The convention voted 79 percent in favor of full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples today. A referendum must be held to approve the change.
Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that two anti-gay words commonly used in Mexico are hate speech and not protected as freedom of expression under the country’s constitution, allowing those offended by them to sue for moral damages.
The Associated Press reports that the magistrates voted 3-2 in favor of a journalist from the central city of Puebla who in 2010 sued a reporter at a different newspaper who had written a column referring to him as “punal” and others at the plaintiff’s newspaper as “maricones.” Both words roughly translate into “faggot.”