Why did gay marriage meet such resistance in France, when the same law was passed with little opposition in other liberal democracies ”“ even in traditionally Catholic societies such as Spain, Portugal and Quebec?
France is distinct. Despite its image as a country of free-thinkers and libertines (which it is, in part), France remains a conservative country where family links are extremely strong. The family Sunday lunch is a sacred ritual and it’s not uncommon to see three generations vacationing together.
Contrary to Quebec, where a majority of children are born to unmarried couples, most French middle-class couples get married as soon as they’re having their first child, which will likely be followed by two siblings.