French Parliament Rejects Same-Sex Marriage in 293-222 Vote

France's parliament has rejected a Socialist Party proposition to legalize same-sex marriage in a vote of 293-222, the AP reports:

FranceSupporters say it is needed to bring France into line with nearby countries like Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands, which have already legalized gay marriage.

Earlier this year, France's highest court ruled that laws banning gay marriage don't violate the constitution.

Opposition to the bill was led by President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative party UMP, AFP adds:

"We are against homophobia but we do not want to alter the image and function of marriage in the collective subconscious," said UMP lawmaker Michel Diefenbacher.

Posted June 14, 2011 at 12:25pm ETC by Andy Towle
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