The push for same-sex marriage in France is encountering more significant opposition. In January this year, nearly 1 million people marched in protest of the Socialist Government’s bill legalising same-sex marriage. On Sunday, huge crowds again turned out in Paris, with estimates ranging as high as 1.4 million people.

It is inspiring the way the French have mobilised impassioned support for traditional marriage. They have done a good job of overcoming the smoke and mirrors and focusing on the core issues. We can see this by the common signs held in the protest on Sunday:

  • “Marriagophile, not homophobe.”
  • “All born of a father and mother.”
  • “Paternity, maternity, equality.”

Perhaps these signs given us a good indication of the best way to present arguments for traditional marriage: keep them simple. 

Blaise Joseph is a third-year commerce student at the University of New South Wales with a strong interest in social policy. Blaise is originally from Canberra, the centre of politics and the public...