It’s been awhile since we’ve had much news out of France on the country’s pending marriage equality bill. But yesterday, the Senate Law Commission approved the bill, which now goes to a full Senate vote next month. Dot429 reports:
France’s Senate law commission has approved marriage equality for the country, marking one more hurdle crossed for the legislation to become law. Most observers and analysts believe that the European country should have full marriage equality by this summer. The Senators on Wednesday approved the text for the “equal marriage” legislation that had already passed deputies of the National Assembly.
Gay Star News adds:
Provided there are no major amendments, the only remaining step after that will be for President Francois Hollande to sign it into law. Hollande has been a strong advocate of same-sex marriage equality. Justice Secretary Christiane Taubira said the whole issue is expected to be resolved by the summer. Franck Zanni, a LGBT rights advocate, told Gay Star News: ‘This is good news and it sounds like the bill will now sail through the Senate without any strong opposition early in April.’
In related news, marriage equality opponents seeking a permit to march down the Champs-Elysees lost a battle in court this week, Joe.My.God reports:
The group wanted to march down the Champs-Elysees next week just a couple of days before the US Supreme Court hears its cases. The cops said “Non!” and a Paris court agrees… [from twitter:] “Paris administrative tribunal has rejected the #Manifpourtous request to cancel the police prefecture’s ban.”
Joe.My.God also reports on the new anti-gay marriage march route:
To Paris, Everyone! Avenue de la Grande Armee, Sunday, March 24. The Manif Pour Tous urges you to march en masse on Sunday March 24 on Avenue de la Grande Armee a Paris, so that the President of France will withdraw the legislative bill on marriage and adoption for all currently in the Senate. All Frenchmen and all Frenchwomen must stand up to refuse this bill which would capsize society with its disastrous social and human consequences. We will converge in the early afternoon at Porte Maillot to march up the Avenue de la Grande Armee toward Place de l’Etoile and Avenue Charles de Gaulle in [the city of] Neuilly and head toward the Arche in La Defense. Stay tuned we will keep up updated with the latest information hour by hour.