After both houses in the French Parliament passed the marriage equality law, opponents gathered enough support to send it to the Constitutional Council for review. Gay Star News reports:
The Constitutional Council due to rule on same-sex marriage in France has already indicated that politicians should decide on the issue. That makes victory in this final hurdle against gay marriage becoming a reality very likely, LGBT advocates say… But under the French system, new laws can be challenged if 60 assembly members or senators send it to the Constitutional Council for review. And as GSN previously reported the right-wing UMP has gathered enough names to do this.
So what now?
The Constitutional Council has a month to decide on the matter and clear the way for President Francois Hollande, who has championed the change, to sign the bill. The French government will take a few weeks to deal with technicalities but there is still 99% confidence that the first couples will be marrying in France in mid June. As Bedos says: ‘Friends who had scheduled their wedding for late June have not cancelled so everything is going on, the food is ordered and the DJ is booked.’ He believes the government will certainly make the timetable of having the law in place in time to celebrate it as the massive Paris Pride march on 29 June.
Summer wedding in France, anyone?