San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The U.S. Supreme Court heard two cases in March that could lead to landmark decisions redefining marriage and extending federal rights to those already engaged in same-sex marriages as the nation awaits a decision this summer. In France, the National Assembly has approved legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, as President François Hollande follows through on campaign promises leading up to a landslide victory for the Socialist Party. The law now awaits debate and a vote before the Socialist-led Senate. In both nations, the issue is surrounded by heated debate, protests, and fierce opposition.
As debate and protest swell at this pivotal moment for both nations, the French-American Foundation will host a panel discussion to look at the movement toward "marriage equality" in both nations and the movements to keep marriage in its traditional definition. The debate highlights French and American perceptions of religious tradition, the conception of the family, equality, and civil liberties. How would same-sex marriage change these two nations, and more tellingly, what do the debates surrounding this controversial topic say about these two societies?
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The French-American Foundation
The French-American Foundation is the principal non-governmental organization linking France and the United States at leadership levels and across the full range of the French-American relationship.