PARIS (AP) — Strain is mounting on a French authorities minister to give up over feedback stigmatizing homosexuality and LGBTQ individuals, within the newest problem to President Emmanuel Macron’s management.

Caroline Cayeux’ remarks have harm and angered many – together with her colleagues — and prompted broader dialogue round persistent discriminatory attitudes by individuals in energy.

Greater than 100 distinguished figures printed an attraction Sunday within the newspaper Journal du dimanche questioning why she’s nonetheless in authorities. Signatories included parliament members, senior officers, an Olympic medalist, medical doctors, artists, an ex-prime minister, a former high Macron adviser and others from inside Macron’s centrist political camp.

Cayeux was requested in an interview this week about her opposition to France’s 2013 legislation authorizing homosexual marriage and adoption, and feedback on the time saying they had been “in opposition to nature.” Talking Tuesday to broadcaster Public Senat, she stated she was being wrongly painted as prejudiced.

“I keep my remarks. I at all times stated that if the legislation had been voted, I’d apply it,” she stated. “I’ve quite a lot of mates amongst all these individuals, and I’m being focused by an unfair trial. This upsets me.”

The remarks set off shockwaves amongst LGBTQ individuals and people who combat in opposition to discrimination and abuse, and provoked requires her resignation. A authorized grievance was filed in opposition to her for public insult.

Cayeux then tweeted her regrets, saying her phrases had been “inappropriate,” and despatched a letter to anti-discrimination teams to apologize. She advised newspaper Le Parisien that the feedback “do by no means mirror my views.”

Many query the sincerity of her change of coronary heart, and say the harm has been executed.

“How can we imagine that the federal government will respect equality amongst everybody, will decide to combating discrimination and assure gender freedom?” asks an internet petition by LGBTQ teams calling for the resignation of Cayeux and two different authorities members who opposed the homosexual marriage legislation. The petition calls them “spokespersons for hate and rejection.”

However her bosses seem like sticking by Cayeux. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne stated Friday that Cayeux’s remarks had been “clumsy” however welcomed her apology, and stated Cayeux can be “vigilant” going ahead to assist the combat in opposition to anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

The difficulty has divided the federal government at a time when Macron is politically weakened after dropping his majority in parliament.

Transport Minister Clément Beaune, who’s homosexual, known as Cayeux’s feedback “extraordinarily hurtful.” Authorities spokesman Olivier Veran known as them out of contact with the instances.

In Sunday’s printed attraction, the signatories known as on the federal government to set a greater instance and defend France’s values of equality.

They celebrated “these individuals” that Cayeux referred to, noting that LGBTQ troopers had been amongst these marching in Thursday’s Bastille Day parade in Paris, and LGBTQ individuals work in native and nationwide authorities and France’s safety forces.

“We’re pleased with all these individuals who, via their dignified and discreet habits, know how you can serve the Republic higher than she does,” it concluded.

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