The new French government has said that it would implement one of its campaign promises and make same sex marriage and gay adoption legal, starting in 2013. The prime minister told parliament that “Our society is evolving, lifestyles and mentalities are changing.”
In the news report I found an interesting little tidbit.
A recent survey by pollster IFOP said that gays in France make up 6.5 percent of the electorate, compared with practising Catholics at 4.5 percent.
I had always thought of France as still a largely Catholic country and it still nominally is but the numbers who call themselves Catholic has dropped dramatically within a decade, from 80% in the 1990s to just 51% in 2007, and of that 51% half said that they don’t believe in god, and only 10% attend church regularly.
To find that only 4.5% are practicing Catholics in 2012 and that even gays outnumber them was a real surprise.