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France: Gay French-Moroccan Couple Wins Right to Marry

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

First_France_Gay_Marriage_Montpellier_7A little-known provision in France’s marriage laws has prevented some same-sex couples in the country for marrying, when one of the partners comes from a certain country. At least one of those couples has now won the right to marry.

Gay Star News reports:

For when France legalized same-sex marriage in May, agreements we brought up from decades ago banning any ex-patriots from 11 countries marrying under the new law. In the court case held today, the prosecution used an agreement from 1981 between Morocco and France banning gay marriage between the two countries. They claimed international conventions have a higher authority under the French Constitution than the ‘Marriage for All’ law passed this year. The defense however implored the marriage law was changed for the ‘French international public policy’ – effectively excluding that French-Moroccan agreement. With the agreement being overturned, this sets a precedent giving hope to all binational gay couples living in France.

Congratulations to the happy couple, and to all other binational couples who now may be able to marry in France.

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France: Country Signed Agreements With Ten European Nations to Ban Gay Citizens From Marrying

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

France - Google Maps

from Google Maps

France apparently has some long-standing agreements with ten other nations that bar French wedding officiants from marrying binational couples when one of the couple comes from those countries. Gay Star News reports:

France has signed agreements with several countries saying any ex-patriots would be banned from marrying under the new ‘Marriage for All’ law. The 10 countries are Algeria, Bosnia & Herzigovina, Cambodia, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia as well as the region of Kosovo. All of the countries do not allow same-sex marriage and the estimated LGBT population of these countries is roughly 15.3 million people. These people would be stopped marrying their French same-sex partner. According to Radio France Internationale, agreements were signed decades ago but are coming into force in 2013.

A harsh reminder that we are still a long ways away from full equality, in spite of the advances of the last year.

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Morocco: No Marriage Equality Allowed Here, Justice Minister Says

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Morocco - Google Maps

from Gay Maps

In the aftermath of France’s passage of marriage equality and the US Supreme Court’s historic rulings. Morocco’s Justice Minister (some irony there) felt the need to clarify the country’s position on gay marriage. Gay Star News reports:

Morocco will not accept gay marriage, stated its Justice Minister, Mustafa Ramid. Ramid said that Morocco is radically opposed to revise a legal agreement with France that says any marriage between two nationals of the country would mutually recognized. The minister said that if a same-sex Moroccan and French couple were to marry there would be no way the country would not accept their gay marriage as legal.

One more place to cross off your honeymoon list.

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Morocco: Gay/Lesbian Activists Meet

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Morocco Gay RightsMembers of Morocco’s nascent gay group, Kifkif, held activities for their national LGBT Day in the capital, last week.

“The highlight of the event was a panel discussion (on the) problems and challenges individuals face because of their sexual orientation, which prevents them from living in peace and safety, free from fear of symbolic or actual violence,” said spokesman Karim Al-Samiti.

The assembled group decided to draft a letter to the authorities, to be signed by three of the group’s members, detailing LGBT human-rights violations in Morocco and reminding officials of various international human-rights treaties the nation has signed.

Full Story from The Pink Paper

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Morocco: New Gay Magazine Launched in This Islamic Country

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Mithly means “the same as me” in Arabic; it is also a respectful way to refer to homosexuals. It is a word that the people behind Mithly magazine would like to see replace the more common “shazz,” meaning pervert or deviant in Arabic, or “zemel,” an expletive to describe gays in the Moroccan Berber dialect.

Mithly was launched in the Moroccan capital Rabat earlier this month. Even though the magazine has received partial funding from the European Union, it was printed clandestinely and its first 200 issues were distributed under the counter.

In Morocco, as in the rest of the Arab world, homosexuality is a criminal offense, punishable with six months to three years in jail.

Full Story from the LA Times

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