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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 13, 2012

Right-wing politicians say they should not be forced to conduct marriages between same-sex couples

French mayors and elected officials are demanding a ‘right of withdrawal’ when marriage equality laws come into effect.

Deputy mayor Jacques Bompard, of the far-right National Front party, launched a petition which currently has over 1,200 signatures.

August 27, 2012

French Prime Minister Jean Marc Ayrault has said a same-sex marriage and adoption bill will be passed to the Senate in October

French lawmakers have confirmed they will introduce legislation to allow same-sex marriage in October.

Fulfilling a campaign promise of President Franҫois Hollande, the package reforms will also allow adoption by gay couples.

It is unknown whether other promised reforms, such as transgender people being allowed to legally define their gender before surgery, granting lesbians fertility treatment, and lifting the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood, will also be included in the bill.

July 4, 2012

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault confirms President Hollande’s promise in parliament yesterday

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced in parliament yesterday that by this time next year gay couples will be able to marry and adopt children, with equal rights to straight couples.

In a speech introducing the new Socialist government’s five-year plan, Ayrault said:

‘In the first half of 2013, the right to marriage and adoption will be open to all couples, without discrimination. Our society is evolving, lifestyles and mentalities are changing. The government will respond to that.’

June 30, 2012

President François Hollande and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault say a law may pass sooner than expected

France is expected to get same-sex marriage sooner than expected, according to a statement from Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s office.

With a large victory for President François Hollande’s Socialist party in parliament, the timing is largely up to the party and the president when the changes are legalised.