Defending gay marriage: A French political star is born
French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira. AFP PhotoWhen French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira took to the podium before the National Assembly on January 29 to defend a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt, she was known mainly as one of France’s few black politicians.
When she stepped down, the once-marginalised left-wing official was on her way to becoming the star of a debate that has gripped France’s ruling class, as well as French society at large, over the past few months.
In a sweeping, strongly worded address that was by turns fiery and lyrical, the 61-year-old Taubira mounted a passionate endorsement of a law that Socialist President François Hollande has been seen as only tepidly supporting himself.
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