“Marriage is contracted by two people of different sexes or the same sex.” This is the wording of the key article in the draft law to legalize civil marriage for gay people, which France’s Council of Ministers will examine on 31 October. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault confirmed this on Wednesday, October 10, adding that he hoped for a quick vote so that the reform, a campaign promise made by President Francois Hollande, could be implemented next year.
Although the issues of adoption and medically assisted procreation by gay couples have been deferred to later legislation, the debate over gay marriage is still not closed. Many politicians, mostly from the right or the extreme right, are virulently opposed to the measure, which several major religious leaders have also rejected.
Beyond a few over-reactions that led some political and religious figures to associate gay marriage with incest and polygamy, the revolt by local officials against this “social issue” is getting organized. Several have already announced they will simply not apply the law in their town halls.
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