Second Violent Homophobic Attack In France As Gay Marriage Bill Looms

Raphael-LeclercWhen they’re not getting shirtless and holding hands, gay marriage opponents are getting increasingly violent.

Raphaël Leclerc, 24, and his boyfriend were brutally attacked by three men while leaving a club in Nice on Saturday.

The Local reports:

“I left the nightclub with my boyfriend at around 5.35am on Saturday. We were not kissing and we were not holding hands,” explained the 24-year-old cabaret dancer. “A couple of minutes later there were three , who were shouting ‘hey gays’ at us, and then they ran at us.”

The victim was then asked by his aggressors if he was French or Chechen. He replied French before being set upon. He was punched and kicked until he lost consciousness.

This is the second attack in as many weeks as France readies to legalize gay marriage. Like Wilfred de Brujin, who was left bloody and beaten after a similar attack in Paris, Leclerc posted his bruised face on Facebook to raise awareness of homophobia.

Meanwhile, the so-called “marriage for all bill” is expected to get final approval from Parliament tomorrow, April 23, making it the third country this month to legalize gay marriage — after Uruguay and New Zealand — and the 14th overall.