France Promises Marriage Equality

labrea_gwMay 18, 2012

Vive La France.

"A communique issued by the office of the prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, who took office on 15 May, marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia yesterday with a pledge to put the president's manifesto promise into law.

France has specific laws governing marriage. These must be followed by both French citizens and foreign nationals. A marriage in France is recognised as valid in most other countries.

French law "only" recognises civil marriage. (great by product of the revolution) This must be performed by a French Civil Authority (officier de l'état civil), which includes the mayor (maire), their legally authorised replacement - the deputy mayor (adjoint) - or a city councillor (conseiller municipal).

Religious ceremonies are optional &, have "no legal" status and may only be held after the civil ceremony has taken place (which can, but need not be, on the same day.)

It said: "On the occasion of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the Prime Minister reaffirmed the Government's commitment against violence and discrimination perpetrated as a result of sexual orientation or gender identity.

"The Government is determined to challenge prejudice and to put an end to discrimination and violence. It will implement the commitment of the President of the Republic to the right to marriage and adoption to gay couples."

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chase_gw

Good for France!

I actually thought that same sex marriage was already legal. Probably thought that because they have such a "laissez-faire" attitude to how people live their private lives. Interestingly, the new President and the new First Lady aren't married and it's a total non issue there.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 12:54PM
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labrea_gw

I think what they had before was something called
a "certificat de concubinage" which is a document saying that two people are living together without being married.
From Wikipedia it's calles PACS

is a form of civil union between two adults (same-sex or opposite-sex) for organising their joint life. It brings rights and responsibilities, but less so than marriage. From a legal standpoint, a PACS is a contract drawn up between the two individuals, which is stamped and registered by the clerk of the court. In some areas, couples signing a PACS have the option of undergoing a formal ceremony at the city hall identical to that of civil marriage. Since 2006, individuals who have registered a PACS are no longer considered single in terms of their marital status; their birth records will be amended to show their status as pacse.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 1:25PM
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esh_ga

Good for France.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 2:10PM
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maddie_athome

Good one, France!

French law "only" recognises civil marriage. (great by product of the revolution)

Should be the norm everywhere.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 4:57PM
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Circus Peanut

Interestingly, the new [French] President and the new First Lady aren't married and it's a total non issue there.

Yep, and the Australian Prime Minister is an outspoken atheist conservative, which would blow some folks' minds around here.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 5:19PM
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labrea_gw

The former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern lived with his girlfriend when he was elected.
The us is kind of ridiculous in this regard.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 10:14PM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

When visiting family and friends in Italy during the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, I was given an earful; lots of criticism that hinged on the phrase: un paese di puritani / a country of Puritans. The phrase was not meant as a compliment. And what Bill Clinton should have told his critics: Sono fatti miei / It's my business (not yours).

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 11:07PM
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labrea_gw

Too bad the Puritans get such a bad wrap they didn't do religious marriage just civil ceremony.
Puritans marriage was a civil ceremony unlike the Anglican colonies. Parental consent was required & the bonding was registered in a clerks office (it was a continued attempt to break with anything that may have appeared Romeish or Anglican)

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 7:38AM
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