Le Pen's father says gay marriage 'exalted' in ceremony for dead policeman

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 28, 2017 7:10 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - The commemoration ceremony for the policeman killed by an attacker in Paris last week "exalted" the concept of gay marriage, presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's father said on Friday, courting controversy for his daughter's campaign.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the party founder from whom his daughter has sought to distance herself given his controversial views on some subjects, criticized a speech made at the ceremony by the dead policeman's partner earlier this week.

"The long speech he made in some way institutionalized homosexual marriage, exalted it in a public way, and that shocked me," Le Pen said in an interview on his web site.

Marine Le Pen is the underdog in the coming run-off vote for the presidency against Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate.

The legalization of gay marriage was one of the flagship actions of outgoing President Francois Hollande's five years in office, a move that was popular with many people in France but controversial with a large socially conservative section of society.

(Reporting by Andrew Callus; editing by John Irish)