Former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has fought against homosexual marriage, said “In troubled times, when our society needs to keep its bearings, I don’t think that it is necessary to blur the image of this essential social institution that is marriage.” With the election of François Hollande, France has taken a big step backward.
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said at a meeting of the French Socialist party on Saturday that he will introduce a bill to create same-sex “marriage” in October. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was expanding on the promises by the new President, François Hollande, made during the Gay Pride festivities in July. Ayrault also confirmed that the law would include provisions allowing same-sex “married” couples to adopt children.
Lawmakers are set to go forward despite opposition from the Catholic Church and the country’s sizable Muslim minority, as well as a decision by France’s Constitutional Council in 2011 that the country’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman is valid under the French Constitution.