France gives final yes to gay marriage

French Constitutional Council has validated same-sex marriage equality

France gives final yes to gay marriage
17 May 2013

France has passed the final hurdle to make same-sex marriage law after the Constitutional Council ratified the legislation passed by parliament.

President Francois Hollande has promised to rapidly sign the bill as soon as possible.

Both France’s National Assembly and Senate had already passed same-sex marriage and adoption.

But under the French system, new laws can be challenged if 60 assembly members or senators send it to the Constitutional Council for review.

Now that council has given its approval.

‘The law allowing same-sex marriage conforms with the constitution,’ the council said in a statement.

Joel Bedos, a Paris-based gay activist who is planning on getting married himself, said he was absolutely delighted.

Speaking to Gay Star News, he said: ‘It is a very good sign the Constitutional Council marked the International Day Against Homophobia with this decision, because inequality is homophobia.’

Describing it as the ‘final hurdle’ for gay marriage, Bedos said the whole story was always about more than that.

He said: ‘We will be continuing to demonstrate for the protection of children by same-sex couples, reproduction rights for lesbian couples.

‘We will continue to fight for trans rights, as there has been absolutely no progress for trans people whatsoever.

‘Then, we’re going to wait for the bill on family to be presented to parliament. There is likely going to be a massive fight on that.’

Bedos added: ‘If you already have gay marriage, make sure to cling onto it and hold onto it and keep talking to the rest of society and use it as  positive integration.

‘If you don’t have it, fight for it. At the end of the day, it’s homophobia, and the time will come when you want equality. ‘

He said the French were lucky to have such a strong government behind the bill, as many others would have conceded or fallen under the pressure of the anti-gay opponents.

‘If we can help others, we are happy to reach out to other LGBT groups,’ Bedos said. ‘We have some stories to tell.’ 

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Poland makes history by electing its first openly gay mayor

Gay rights campaigner Robert Biedron has pledged to ditch the limos and ride a bike
No thumbnail available

George Takei asked Star Trek creator to include gay rights episode

Gay rights advocate also comments on his feud with William Shatner, saying he was the only one of the Star Trek cast who had no idea he was gay
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

My dad offered men millions to marry me: Lesbian reveals what happened next

Gigi Chao reveals how George Clooney's body double offered to try to turn her straight, and win her father's HK$500 million dowry
No thumbnail available

Obama endorses Orlando for Gay Games 2018

US president sent a letter endorsing the Florida city as host for the games in 2018
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

In Father's Day speech, President Obama mentions gay dads

President Barack Obama tells gay and straight  dads that they have a great, and difficult, job
No thumbnail available

Gay of Thrones returns

'If you're going to work in this salon, you've got to watch Game of Thrones'
No thumbnail available

Gay Russian airport official stabbed and trampled to death

Investigators have arrested suspects in the second violent gay murder in less than a month
No thumbnail available

Art exhibition celebrating gay role models opens in Melbourne

Ross Watson’s exhibition features gay British soldier Lance Corporal James Wharton