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Gay marriage: Britain, France in surprise contrast

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | 2:19 p.m. CDT

LONDON — The French like to make fun of the British, joking about their repressed ways in matters of the heart. But when it came time to debate same-sex marriage, it was France that betrayed a deep conservative streak in sometimes violent protests — while the British showed themselves to be modern and tolerant.

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