Boston Pride and GLAD Support
â€˜OUI FOR EQUALITYâ€™ Rally
LGBT organizations lend their support to French expatriates for Marriage Equality in France
Boston – January 24th, 2013 – Local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community organizations Boston Pride and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced today their sponsorship of â€œOUI FOR EQUALITYâ€, a rally to be held this Sunday, in support of marriage equality in France. They join the local chapters of FranÃ§ais du Monde – ADFE (an association for French expatriates) and of the French socialist party. The rally will be held outside the Consulate General of France in Boston, at 31 St James Avenue (T: Arlington), from 1-2pm, on Sunday January 27th.
â€œIt is great to see such a coalition of organizations come together in Boston in support of global equality and international human rights. Marriage equality in France will have a resounding effect on the scores of French-American LGBT couples, so we are glad to have such a strong local community backing.â€ said Sylvain Bruni, a board member at FranÃ§ais du Monde and himself a French citizen.
The French government and parliament are currently working on a Marriage Equality bill which will allow LGBT couples the right to marry and adopt children. While anti-equality forces have shown great determination and have chosen to adopt a retrograde and homophobic discourse, marriage equality proponents will rally everywhere in France this Sunday, in support of the continuation of the French legislative work so that all couples may be granted the same rights: marriage, adoption, recognition of bi-national filiation etcâ€¦ French expatriates around the world are expected to organize rallies as well.
â€œMassachusetts was a pioneer in being the first State in the Union to grant marriage equality to all couples in 2004. It is our duty to continue being at the forefront of the fight for equality, at a worldwide level, until all couples can marry.â€ said Linda DeMarco, president of Boston Pride.
Participants in Sundayâ€™s rally are encouraged to wear red or pink for increased visibility at the event. Warm beverages will be available.