A French gay couple have mayor to court who said he would rather “go to the gallows”, than marry a same-sex couple, under the newly introduced French equal marriage law. A lawyer for Jean-Michel Martin and Guy Martineau-Espel lodged the complaint against mayor Jean-Michel Colo, the mayor of Arcangues, near Bayonne, who said no same-sex weddings would take place in the village. Colo, 60, the first French mayor to refuse to perform a same-sex wedding, said he would rather be hanged than officiate at a gay couple’s wedding. He said that because gay couples are “sterile”, equal marriage is a “parody” of equality, and that it is a “big lie”.
How sad to live in a country that now recognizes marriage equality, only to be turned away in your own town.