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'Pinkwashing' populism: Gay voters embrace French far-right
by Thomas Adamson
A political party that would abolish same-sex marriage — one whose founder wanted AIDS patients rounded up and branded homosexuality "a biological and social anomaly" — is now winning LGBT votes in France.
Motivated in part by the deadly Islamic extremist attacks at home and at a Florida gay nightclub, a growing bloc of traditionally left-leaning gay voters has embraced far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, leader of the once-fringe National Front party.
"Faced with the current threats, particularly from radical Islam, gays have realized they'll be the first victims of these barbarians, and only Marine is proposing radical solutions," said Kelvin Hopper, 25, a gay artist who lives in a hipster district of Paris and plans to cast his ballot for Le Pen.
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