The French version of women's glossy
Elle has released a “Marriage
For All!” issue in which it endorses the government's plans
to legalize gay marriage.
“Marriage for all” has become the
shorthand description for marriage equality in France.
The issue's cover includes two stunning
blushing brides wearing white t-shirts.
Editorial director Valerie Toranian
notes the strange bedfellows the issue has made.
“This debate is not primarily between
old and modern, right and left, homophobes and progressives: there
are gay, pro-marriage Catholics, left- and right-leaning
psychologists fiercely attached to the symbolism of gender difference
as a necessity for any potential child. There are feminists who
advocate for IVF for lesbians, but who oppose surrogate mothers for
gays because they denounce the commodification of women's bodies,”
The issue arrives just days after
opponents staged a giant rally in Paris near the Eiffel Tower. Its
leader, the comedian Frigide Barjot, told reporters that she is
opposed to the proposed legislation because it would say that “a
child is born of a man and a man.”
protest French plans to legalize gay marriage.)