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April 11, 2013

A day after the Senate voted in favor of marriage equality and adoptions for gay couples, Gilles Bernheim has announced his resignation

The Chief Rabbi of France has announced his resignation today (11 April), a day after the Senate voted in favor of gay marriage and adoption.

Gilles Bernheim has admitted to plagiarizing his essay in which he condemned marriage equality and gay parenting.

The head of France's Jewish community also admitted to not having a qualification in philosophy, blaming it on being ill on the day he took an exam.

When the scandals was revealed, Bernheim said he would act with ‘humility’ and said resigning would be a ‘desertion’.

January 11, 2013

French president has met with anti-gay rights advocates to discuss the 'Marriage for All' bill, due to be legalized in 2013

President Francois Hollande has met with religious leaders to hear their view on same-sex marriages this week.

At the ‘informal’ meeting held at Elysee Palace, the French president heard from his guests on the issue which is due to be legalized this year.

Chief rabbi Gilles Bernheim reiterated his feelings against the proposal, saying he believed marriage needed to be ‘protected’ as an institution ‘solely between men and women’.

December 21, 2012

Speaking to the Vatican bureaucracy, he denounced the manipulation of gender to suit a person's sexual urges

The pope has stepped up the fight against marriage equality, saying gay people are destroying humanity.

Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican bureaucracy, one of the most important speeches of the year.

He dedicated it this year to promoting ‘family values’ in the face of marriage equality campaigns in France, United States, and the United Kingdom.

October 20, 2012

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

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.

October 18, 2012

France’s Chief Rabbi, Gilles Bernheim, has publicly stated today he opposes the country’s plans to introduce gay marriage and adoption rights

Gilles Bernheim, the head of France’s Jewish community, has called upon French politicians and public to reject gay marriage.

He made his comments in an open letter today (18 October) to the government and lawmakers,

Chief Rabbi Bernheim said that marriage needed to be ‘protected’ as an institution ‘solely between men and women’.