I wish more of the US was open with sex and sexuality. As for France, I think there was less opposition to the approval of gay marriage and more opposition towards the ability to allow gay couples to adopt. I think the majority approved of gay marriage but opposed adoption which set off the fire storm. Even so, I can't say I wasn't taken by surprise myself.
Yeah, well, equality was the issue. Which is one thing I find understandable, on an instinctive level, not a rational one. As far as I can judge from following the issue superficially there are no studies that would support the notion that homosexual couples were in some way less capable of raising children. Though, even if there was any evidence of that, the same scrutiny isn't applied to other people. For Germany, the numbers clearly say that children of parents with a higher education are much more likely to attain a higher education themselves. Yet I've seen no one arguing that only intellectuals should raise children (eh, with the possible exception of Plato).
I think what surprised me was not only the obvious lack of 'laissez-faire' but how freely all kinds of people mingled with what you could call right-wing scum. In France the middle class seems to have much fewer inhibitions when it comes to such alliances. In Germany the far right is associated and associate themselves rather openly with Nazism, and so by necessity they mostly recruit their followers among the stupid and desperate. Most people would take care never to be seen marching in file with such groups.
Edited by Sacred_Path, 26 June 2013 - 07:47 PM.