France Promises Marriage Equality
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'ÃÂ©tat 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."