Same-sex marriage

Protestors against gay marriage mass at Eiffel Tower

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Several hundred thousand people marched in Paris to protest against French president's plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption by June.

French Muslims join opposition to same-sex marriage

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Fifty Muslim activists have issued an open letter urging fellow Muslims to join a major Paris protest against the law at the weekend.

Hollande backs minister's gay marriage school debate ban

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President backs education minister who sparked controversy after ordering private Catholic schools not to debate same-sex marriage bill.

Two mothers for first French baby born in 2013

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First baby born in France in 2013, just weeks ahead of same-sex marriage bill debate, has two 'mums', her biological mother and her lesbian partner.

Thousands march in France against same-sex marriage bill

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Protests over “major and dangerous upheaval” government bill that would extend marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples.

Gay couple marriage and adoption rights 'a principle akin to abolishing the death penalty'

France— Interview

This week, the French government approved the text of a bill of law to go before parliament that will give full-blown marriage and child adoption rights to couples of the same sex. One of President François Hollande’s election campaign pledges, the bill is bitterly opposed by the conservative opposition and France’s Roman Catholic Church. The leading opposition party, the UMP, has promised to reverse the legislation if it is carried, and a significant number of French mayors have warned they will refuse to marry same-sex couples. The bill will be presented before parliament by socialist MP Erwann Binet (pictured). In this interview with Mathieu Magnaudeix, he argues why the proposed law is an important step forward for French society, as a matter of principle, and why he is confident it will be enacted, with or without the cooperation of mayors.   

French cabinet approves same-sex marriage bill

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The French government approves bill to go before parliament that will allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.

French Catholic Church head launches Lourdes appeal against same-sex marriage

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Cardinal calls for public protests against plan to legalize same-sex marriage that would 'very profoundly affect the equilibrium of our society'.

French Cardinal fires controversy with 'incest' warning over same-sex marriages

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France's senior Roman Catholic cleric is accused of "flipping his lid" after warning same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy and incest.

French same-sex couple lose ECHR discrimination claim over adoption rights

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The European Court of Human Rights rejects a French lesbian couple's claim for discrimination over a law barring them from 'simple adoption' rights.

French Catholic Church begins open battle with Hollande over same-sex marriage law

France— Report

The French Catholic Church this week organized the reading of a prayer in churches across the country against President François Hollande’s plans to legalize same-sex marriages and to grant child adoption rights to gay couples. The ‘Prayer for France’ was read by priests and parishioners during the traditional yearly Assumption Day Mass on August 15th, directed at politicians "so that their sense of the common good will overcome special demands". While the move outraged gay rights groups and set the Church on a collision course with government, it also divided some congregations - nowhere more so than those in the Marais ‘gay quarter’ of Paris, where Mathilde Mathieu and Michaël Hajdenberg spoke to parishioners and priests.   

Gay fury at French Catholic Church Assumption Day call to pray for same-sex marriages

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French Gay rights groups express anger at the Catholic Church for a prayer call on August 15 to protect the sacriment of same-sex marriages.