The study by the Pew Research Center shows more women are coping as sole providers for their children, raising children without fathers or simply out-earning their husbands or partners. The research indicates that there has been a significant shift over five decades. In the 1960s only 11 percent of US households relied on women as the main or only source of income. Two years ago the figures jumped to 40 percent. The change was mostly due to the number of single mothers having jumped in that time. Single mothers account for 25 percent of all US household with children. Almost 2 out of 3 Americans polled consider the growing number of single moms as a “big problem,” Pew found. Another factor is that in complete families women often earn more than their husbands. Statistics indicate women out-earn their partners in nearly 1 out of 4 married couples, Pew research says. However this is not seen as something bad for a marriage. Despite the fact the majority of Americans think women should not return “to the kitchen,” the study pointed to a growing problem with bringing up children in the families where mothers work. Some 3 out of 4 adults polled said that this makes it harder to raise children. Half of the participants in the survey believe children are better off with mothers, while only 8 percent said that with their fathers children do just as well. In the majority of married couples fathers still make more money than their wives. Unemployed dads account for a small fraction of complete families. Households with children, in which both parents work are quite common. With time more Americans especially young adults have become easier on working mothers and see it as normal rather than suspicious. Also young adults proved much easier on unmarried mothers, with 50 percent of those polled saying they see it as a minor problem, or not a problem at all. …
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The marriage of Vincent Aubin and Bruno Boileau, set to go ahead in Montpellier on Wednesday evening, will be the first gay marriage in France, since the law was passed on April 23 legalising same sex-marriage and adoption by gay couples.
The couple know their big day will under the media microscope.
“ This not about Vincent and Bruno this is about equality under the law, this for all the people who have fought for the right to say ‘I do’,” said Vincent.
Bruno is keen to have a family: “We hope to have a family in time. That is certain. It is something we both wanted, even before we met. This law also allows adoption, it will come.”
Security will be tight around Montpellier Town Hall as those opposed to the bill plan to demonstrate.
The new law has caused outrage in certain sections of French society. Last Sunday 150,000 people took to the streets of Paris to protest against the law.
What started as a peaceful march ended in violence with police making a total of 293 arrests.
France is the 14th country in the world to legalise gay marriage.
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Central Paris has witnessed violence on its streets over the weekend, a mass rally in protest at laws allowing same-sex marriage turned into clashes.Police cracked down on far-right activists who had joined the demonstration, arresting 350 people for refusing to disperse or occupying private property. Bruno Vercken, regional coordinator of the anti-gay marriage movement that took part in protests on Sunday, says that so many Frenchmen are speaking out against the same-sex marriage and adoption law because it violates the rights of the children.RT: Did the police go too far in the way they dealt with your protest?Bruno Vercken: Yes, indeed. If you look at the numbers since last November several millions of people have gone into street to protest and you won’t be able to provide any picture nor any film of any broken glass, any burned car, and any violence during the protests themselves. At the same time, many people have been arrested. Several hundred people have been arrested by the police just because they were wearing suits with this logo there [shows the logo of the Anti-Gay Marriage Movement]. No longer than last Saturday, people were arrested in Paris because there were two of them walking together. And, at the same time, many people and no later than two weeks ago when Paris Saint-Germain celebrated this title in the soccer league in France, many people ruined some shops and they were not arrested. RT: What are the reasons for the police behaving in this manner towards the same-sex marriage protestors?BV: The government is extremely surprised and annoyed by the breadth and the length, the duration of the movement. Francois Hollande had not anticipated that allowing same-sex marriage and adoption would create such a concern about so many people in France. He did this promise to satisfy a small lobby, particularly active lobby, who financed his presidential campaign. He didn’t anticipate that same-sex marriage was meaning in France adoption and plenary adoption – which immediately triggers the risk of losing the biological link between the kid and his parents. And in France this is very unique. And people are protesting against that to defend the right of children. RT: Was this all about your objection to gay-marriage, or was it hijacked by groups with other agendas?BV: Really not, I’m personally a member of a political party in France, and the takeover of this movement by any political party is clearly not at stake. Many of these people are, by the way, from left or from right so it transcends the classical left-right boundaries. RT: France is now the ninth European country to legalise gay marriage. Why can’t you move with the times? BV: You could put nine ladies together you wouldn’t be able to create a baby even in one month. And I think people protest here because they… It’s not a matter of being modern, going along with times. It’s really against, at one point in time, to say: Who’s at stake there? Have we thought, have we considered the right of the weakest person there – who’s the kid? And, you know, when a kid has lost his parents, probably, his dearest wish is to be adopted by a man and a woman. You, me are the sons of a man and a woman and in this law there’s a deep lie – imbedded in the law – is to make people believe in the future that they can be born from two men or two women. And this is extremely dangerous and, by the way, we’ll open soon the rights to medically adopted procreation and surrogate mothers, which people in France are extremely worried about and are extremely against. …
Central Paris saw outbursts over in violence over the weekend when police cracked down on crowds protesting last month’s legalization of same-sex marriage.Though the 200,000 protesters estimated to have attended were largely peaceful throughout the day, the rally ended with tear gas, clashes and arrests. John Laughland, from the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation in Paris, said it was “mad” for the French government to crack down on the protest when President Francois Hollande’s popularity is at its lowest level ever.RT: So, why there was such a harsh response from the French police towards the anti-gay demonstrators?John Laughland: I think the French police under the leadership of the Ministry of the Interior regard these demonstrations as an ideological threat to their power – and indeed that what’s they are. This is the biggest mass demonstrations probably in the whole of French history, and certainly for the last 30 years or more. And they have been completely unexpected. The government never expected so many people to turn out into the street. And they realize that those people who were demonstrating yesterday, as I say, they are ideological enemies. And there’s been a lot of propaganda, encouraged again by government, saying that the demonstrators are an extreme-wing gang.RT: As you say, the Interior Ministry had fully expected the far-right groups to join the protests and provoke clashes. Over 4,000 police were mobilized to maintain security, so why were they unable to control the situation?JL: I didn’t want to say that there are far-right groups. This is the government propaganda. This is precisely the way that the government has been seeking to delegitimize what is a massive demonstration and is overwhelmingly peaceful. The fact that a few young people ended up throwing a couple of bottles at the police – not that I approve it – doesn’t mean as the government would like to pretend that somehow dangerous, sinister forces work behind these demonstrations. As far as I know, although there were clashes and although there were a large number of arrests, I don’t believe that there was any serious breakdown in law and order.RT: The French government’s extremely unpopular at the moment, with president Hollande’s rating hitting a record low of 24 percent. This doesn’t seem like the best timing for a crackdown on protesters.JL: It’s completely mad. And, of course, it only encourages the demonstrators and their supporters around the country to think that the government is dictatorial. You know, they’ve gathered together a million people, the vast majority of whom have demonstrated peacefully, and yet they were met in the run-up to the demonstration on Sunday with very hostile propaganda by the government. The Ministry of the Interior said that children shouldn’t come, there’s going to be violence and so on. The impression we got very strongly, commentators and participants alike, was that the government was doing everything it could to delegitimize the demonstration and to discourage people from coming. RT: Hollande’s election was hailed as a revival of social democracy. What does the recent police action tell us about its current state?JL: It tells us that, whereas in economic policy, none of the policies of Francois Hollande can be described as left-wing. He campaigned, you’ll recall, against austerity, saying that he wasn’t going to accept an austerity package. And, of course, as soon as he was in power he implemented one. And this is having very serious effects on French society. So, to substitute, if you like, for this failure to pursue any kind of social or economic policy, he’s instead putting through this law on gay marriage, which in the words of its own authors will bring about a change of civilization. It’s a kind of substitute, if you like, for the economic policies that he refuses to implement. And as for the police, they’re acting under government’s orders. The head of the Ministry of Interior [Manuel Valls] was in police headquarters yesterday more or less directing operations. So, they’re acting politically. …
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Organisers of a Paris protest against gay marriage say more than one million people have taken part in the event to express anger at the bill passed into law last week.
Similar demonstrations failed to stop the law – which also allows gay people to adopt.
“Because the law has been passed, we should be silent? We can’t speak about the familly in this country? Because the law has been passed, we can’t express our convictions about what values we should pass to our children? No, I’m not like that,” said Vice President of the rightist UMP party Laurent Wauquiez.
Sunday’s demonstration saw three separate protests converge at Les Invalides in central Paris. A fourth was organised by Catholic group Civitas.
“We are here to defend marriage because we believe a child needs a father and a mother to grow up. This is important so that they develop normally,” said a young protester called Amelie.
“We were not heard, so we will come back as many times as necessary,” added fellow protester Isabelle Tchekhov.
France will see its first gay wedding when two activists tie the knot in Montpelier on Wednesday.
France is the 14th country to have legalised same-sex marriages.
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Dominique Venner, who had links with France’s far-right nationalist party, killed himself in front of the altar inside the iconic church around 4pm local time on Tuesday. The death prompted the evacuation of the cathedral, which was housing around 1,500 people at the time of the shooting.”We just heard a loud sound, like a body falling from above,” an American tourist named Greg told AP.Before killing himself, Venner published an article on his website, in which he spoke out against France’s adoption of a “vile law” legalizing gay marriage and adoption. He urged activists to take measures to protect “French and European identities.”He also wrote “There will certainly need to be new, spectacular, symbolic gestures to shake off the sleepiness…and re-awaken the memories of our origins…we are reaching a time when words must be backed up with acts.” It is believed the statement was a potential reference to his suicide.The rector of the iconic cathedral, Patrick Jacquin, told AFP that Venner had laid a letter on the altar before killing himself. A police source said it contained similar writings to those on Venner’s website.”We did not know him, he was not a regular at the cathedral,” Jacquin said. He said that he believed it was the first time anyone had committed suicide inside the cathedral.Jacquin added that masses in the cathedral, which draws millions of visitors every year, were cancelled and that church staff would hold a vigil later on Tuesday.The suicide was hailed a political gesture by Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National.”All respect to Dominique Venner whose final, eminently political act was to try to wake up the people of France,” Le Pen said on Twitter. She added later that “it is in life and hope that France will renew and save itself.”Venner, 78, had a long career of publishing right-wing essays, military histories, and books on weaponry and hunting. He was a soldier during France’s war in Algeria and was a member of the Secret Armed Organization – a former paramilitary group which opposed Algeria’s independence from France. His next book, titled “A Western Samurai” was set to be published in June.Venner’s death was the second suicide to take place in Paris in less than a week, after a 50-year-old with a history of family problems shot himself dead Thursday in a primary school near the Eiffel Tower. …