It's healthy after all isn't it?
Opinions can be shared, explanations attempted as to why neither should be feared, how society isn't going to collapse, the world isn't going to end (well it might on December 21, but that has nothing at all to do with the matter at hand) and the proposed legislation is just French lawmakers catching with what a majority of the population already believes to be right and just.
And hey, who knows, in the process of a constructive discussion, some people might set aside their intolerance and realise that same-sex marriage is not a threat to religious institutions.
But - aha - you knew it was coming didn't you - some arguments against same-sex marriage and adoption are surely more than absurd.
Such as the one put forward earlier this week by Nicolas Dhuicq, a parliamentarian for the centre-right Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (Union for a Popular Movement, UMP).
|Nicolas Dhuicq (screenshot YouTube video)|
Firstly he helpfully explained how or why some people became terrorists.
"One characteristic of terrorists is that in most cases they've never had paternal authority while growing up," he said
"They've never had the opportunity to learn what's feasible and what isn't, what's good and what's bad," he continued.
And then addressing Manuel Valls, the interior minister who was present during the debate, Dhuicq made that link between same-sex marriage, adoption by same-sex couples and terrorism.
"Isn't there a certain contradiction in the government's anti-terrorism proposals and those which at the same time seek to strike the word 'father' from the civil code," he said.
"What you're doing is setting the basis for gender confusion in the future, the denial of sexual differences and psychosis," he added.
So there you go. As far as Dhuicq is concerned the government is helping set the conditions for future generations of potential terrorists by blurring the boundaries of sexual identity.
Just for the record, Dhuicq is a qualified psychiatrist, a member of the rightwing grouping Droite populaire within the UMP and a supporter of Jean-François Copé.
Maybe we should be more thankful that the media has been focusing less on what he has had to say over the past week and more on the turmoil within his own party.
Le député UMP Dhuicq lie homoparentalité et... par LeNouvelObservateur