Homophobic remarks by Caroline Cayeux: parliamentarians and former ministers signed a platform

Homophobic remarks by Caroline Cayeux: parliamentarians and former ministers signed a platform

A dozen parliamentarians and former ministers have signed a platform questioning the maintenance of Caroline Cayeux in the government. Oise Hebdo archive image.

In an interview at Parisian/Today in France Thursday, July 14, the new Minister of Territorial Communities Caroline Cayeux attempted a mea culpa. About this growing controversy targeting homophobic remarks that she made in 2012 when she was a senator, she had already apologized on her Twitter account two days earlier. The Minister of Territorial Communities has also since sent a letter of apology to several associations fighting against homophobia. But her thoughts from a decade ago about equal marriage continue to hurt her today.

According to newspaper information franceinfo, members of the majority have signed a platform calling into question his continuation in the government. Caroline Cayeux and her cabinet took note of this forum Thursday, July 14 in the morning. The text should be published at the end of the week, and has been signed by a dozen parliamentarians and former ministers. Transport Minister Clément Beaune also reacted during an interview on the television channel LCI explaining that “Caroline Cayeux had extremely hurtful remarks. I am one of “those people”. […] And I won’t shut up about it.”

A complaint for public insult

This forum comes as six anti-homophobia associations filed a complaint on Wednesday July 13 against Minister Caroline Cayeux for public insult. These associations are Mousse, STOP homophobia, LGBT Sports, LGBT Education, LGBT Families and ADHEOS. The intended offense is “public insult towards a group of people because of their sexual orientation by a person holding public authority“.

As a reminder, the Minister of Territorial Communities and Mayor of Beauvais Caroline Cayeux had first maintained her comments of 2012 on the opening of marriage to same-sex couples. Then a senator at the time, she called this bill “design against nature“.

This is what she said on the TV channel Public Senate : “I don’t think I spoke of caprice […]. Of course, I stand by my words. But I have always said that the law, if it were passed, I would apply it.The homosexual community and anti-homophobic associations also reacted strongly following these remarks:I must tell you all the same I have many friends among these people. Frankly, it’s a bad trial that I’m being made and it upset me a lot“.

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