Friday, 27 May 2011

Backpedal of the week

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Brigitte Bareges
I saw this in the Metro on the way to work this morning and thought it was worth a quick post. Speaking in the French National Assembly on Wednesday, Brigitte Bareges, of Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling Union for a Popular Movement party, made the following contribution to a debate over gay marriage:
"So, in that case, why not unions with animals?"
Later, following an unsurprising backlash from gay rights groups, Bareges sought to clarify her words:
"I meant it as a joke. I am personally in favour of all types of sexual relations between consenting adults."
The one thing you could say in Bareges' defence is at least she spoke her mind, while her colleagues opted for the quiet approach – they opted to reject gay marriage in the vote on Wednesday evening.
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