‘Elle’ France devotes new issue to marriage equality

Think Progress

The French version of ‘Elle’ magazine is dedicating its new issue to same-sex marriage, and editorial director Valérie Toranian is using the “Marriage for all!” issue to endorse marriage equality. Toranian notes that ‘Elle’ has always fought for the rights of women, and women’s bodies are demonized when opponents of equality use arguments that also attack surrogacy and adoption, making it confusing as to who is on which side of the issue.

The confusing messages on the issue in France are further clouded by the influence of the National Organization for Marriage, which is testing some of its new strategies, such as highlighting gay people opposed to marriage equality. By emphasizing the biological relationships of mothers and fathers, such campaigns alienate not only same-sex couples, but any couple who is raising children that they have adopted, fostered or used a surrogate mother to bear. ‘Elle’ should be commended not just for taking a good position on LGBT equality, but for recognizing the other implications of the debate.

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