France delays gay marriage law debate

French Prime Minister Jean Marc Ayrault has delayed the same-sex marriage debates by a week, prompting fears the government is backtracking

France delays gay marriage law debate
20 October 2012

France is delaying the debate on a draft law authorizing gay marriage, prompting fears the government is backtracking on the issue.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault first named 31 October as the date when government ministers would present the law.

However, on Friday (19 October), his office said talks have now moved to a week later on 7 November.

Parliamentary debates are now expected to last until January, the Associated Press reports.

Ever since President Francois Hollande and Ayrault announced they were going to introduce same-sex marriage laws to France, right-wing political parties and the Catholic Church have spoken out in fury.

On Thursday (18 October), France’s Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim joined other religious leaders in opposing the plans.

He said marriage needed to be protected as an institution ‘solely between men and women’.

Bernheim slammed the proposed bill which is popularly known in France as ‘marriage for all’ saying it was ‘nothing but a slogan’.

‘The argument that marriage is for all of those in love does not hold — it is not because people love each other that they systematically have the right to marry,’ he said.

More than 1,200 French mayors and their deputies have signed a petition protesting marriage equality, demanding a ‘withdrawal clause’ for elected leaders who do not want to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples.

Catholics also revived a centuries old tradition, the ‘Prayer for France’, to specifically attack the government plans.

In a recent poll, it was revealed 65% of French people back gay marriage, and 53% agree with adoption by same-sex couples.



No thumbnail available

Paul O'Grady's Lily Savage goes posh for panto

British comedian explains what it takes to be the perfect panto performer as he revives his drag queen alter-ego for Aladdin at London's The O2
No thumbnail available

Louisiana refuses to get rid of its anti-sodomy law

A powerful in-state conservative Christian lobby sent a letter to all legislators arguing the law's repeal would place teenagers at risk
No thumbnail available

Poet Richard Blanco talks about upcoming presidential inauguration

Poet Richard Blanco explains his preparation for President Barack Obama's second swearing in
No thumbnail available

Girl Scouts welcomes trans girls

American Family Association launches petition against 'boys in skirts' joining
No thumbnail available

Soldier booed at 2011 Republican debate now involved in marriage battle in Ohio

Major Stephen Snyder-Hill now working for marriage rights in Ohio
No thumbnail available

Mormons leave church over gay marriage disputes

More than 100 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have held a mass resignation over issues of gay marriage and polygamy
29/4 Comely Bank Road, Comely Bank, Edinburgh

29/4 Comely Bank Road, Comely Bank, Edinburgh

Period living with a 21st century twist in one of the UK’s most exciting and vibrant cities
No thumbnail available

'Nothing wrong' with taking anti-LGBT musical to schools, says Malaysian education minister

Deputy education minister Mohd Puad Zarkashi said a musical with negative stereotypes of LGBT people can help 'our children to understand it'
No thumbnail available

Texas Governor Rick Perry compares keeping gays out of scouts to fighting slavery

'Boy Scouts will start on a decline that I don’t think will serve this country well'
Around the world with... Eliad Cohen

Around the world with... Eliad Cohen

Gay icon and clubbing legend Eliad Cohen on keeping fit whilst travelling the world and why Spain and Brazil are his top party countries