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France Justice Minister: Marriage, Adoption to Be Extended to Gay Couples

France is edging closer to offering marriage equality. Today, in an interview with La Croix newspaper, the Socialist government's Justice Minister affirmed news that the Prime Minister offered in August, that equality is on its way.

Expatica reports: Taubira

The new law "will extend to members of the same sex the current arrangements of marriage," Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told La Croix newspaper. "We will open adoption to homosexual couples," she said. "They will be able to adopt children either as individuals or as a couple."

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Taubira said the new laws would allow "homosexuals wanting to become a 'parent' of their partner's biological child to do so in similar conditions as heterosexuals."

According to the Prime Minister, a bill is forthcoming in October.

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  1. Two things:

    1) French LGBT groups are furious because while the bill opens marriage and adoption to gay couples as promised, it keeps the ban on assisted procreation for lesbian couples despite Hollande's campaign promises.

    2) This is the fifth time in four months that they "announced" the bill. You are not following French politics but Hollande and his government are already quite unpopular because it is said they are not doing much about the economy and it is quite obvious they are using gay marriage as a way to show "activity". Except that by now the trick is a bit obvious (just have the damn bill voted on and move on) and they are cheapening a historical change by using it to mask other failings. Disappointing.

    Posted by: T. | Sep 11, 2012 12:06:58 PM


  2. Two things:

    1) French LGBT groups are furious because while the bill opens marriage and adoption to gay couples as promised, it keeps the ban on assisted procreation for lesbian couples despite Hollande's campaign promises.

    2) This is the fifth time in four months that they "announced" the bill. You are not following French politics but Hollande and his government are already quite unpopular because it is said they are not doing much about the economy and it is quite obvious they are using gay marriage as a way to show "activity". Except that by now the trick is a bit obvious (just have the damn bill voted on and move on) and they are cheapening a historical change by using it to mask other failings. Disappointing.

    Posted by: T. | Sep 11, 2012 12:07:01 PM


  3. It is perhaps the easiest thing they can do. They have announced in no uncertain terms many times that the bill will be introduced in October and same sex marriage a reality in 2013.
    On the other hand, to fix the economy is more tricky. They are bound to step on someone's toes.

    Posted by: simon | Sep 11, 2012 12:22:32 PM


  4. Liberté, égalité, fraternité. France yes, USA no.

    Posted by: StevyD | Sep 11, 2012 12:27:17 PM


  5. ignore the comments about the assisted procreation biz by the person above. Take what you can get now - almost everything.

    the above writer seems to be the fox news guy who went to work for the vatican and is trying to sabotage gay marriage and adoption in france.

    the catholic church must be livid. the church of the endless hidden molestation of children by its sex starved prissts is getting its due - It dug its own grave - to hell with it.

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    N

    France was once almost totally catholic. Now its about 5%. the church is committing suicide. the sooner the better

    http://www.inquisitr.com/268829/gay-couples-in-france-will-get-right-to-marry-adopt-in-2013/

    Also Ireland - the most catholic country in the world - almost 3/4th of the people there support marriage equality.

    http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/poll-73-of-public-back-allowing-same-sex-marriage-in-constitution-184849.html

    Posted by: billyWingartenson | Sep 11, 2012 3:40:21 PM


  6. Wait, are you accusing me of being from Fox News or something?

    Coz if so that's idiotic. I just so happen to be a French gay living in the US sharing some context for this story by pointing out that French LGBT groups are furious - there are more details than just the assisted procreation but most are details of French law (presumption of parent status for instance) that you guys don't care about. And for the record "La Croix" is a daily whose motto is explicitly and actively Catholic and unveiling the project to them was considered an insult for LGBT groups as well - an attempt to defuse Catholic hostilities but associated with the letdown of some of the details, they consider the whole announcement a backtrack and they are going to pressure the government. Where did anyone say they were going to oppose the law? How does posting a comment on an American gay blog sabotage anything?

    How utterly idiotic than sharing some of the background of why French gay groups are complaining makes me accused of being a Catholic conservative. This is why people don't comment anymore. I was trying to provide extra information and I certainly not here to be attacked personally. I realize it is so dumb I should shrug it off but this is BS and upsetting.

    Posted by: T. | Sep 11, 2012 4:44:26 PM


  7. T., what are you whining about? As someone else said, take what you can get and be happy. The fact that gays will have equal marriage and adoption is amazing. Who cares about assisted procreation for lesbians? Let them pay for it on their own just like gay men who have to pay for surrogates on their own.

    Posted by: Dan | Sep 11, 2012 5:19:00 PM


  8. GREAT NEWS ! The world is always better when you have Socialists in power !

    Unfortunately most Americans still don't know the difference between socialism and communism because the right wing owned media here brainwashes us with lies.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 11, 2012 5:20:53 PM


  9. I would agree this is a PR stunt designed to take pressure off the govt. since they can't move against the unions to reduce debt. However, they did convince the ECB to just start printing money, so if the Euro tanks, everyone but the Germans will be happy.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 11, 2012 5:21:28 PM


  10. It doesn't matter if it is a PR stunt or they really believe in it. The end result is the same. That is politics. You can say what Obama did is also PR. Compared to US, it is more difficult to get things change in France. They have strong unions. If you raise tuition, the students will go to the street. Some companies are already threatening to relocate if their tax is raised.

    Posted by: simon | Sep 11, 2012 6:24:56 PM


  11. I am not whining. I am providing context for those interested about what local LGBT groups say.
    You guys are just incredible. Gotta chill the aggression.

    Posted by: T. | Sep 11, 2012 8:41:38 PM


  12. i'm with T 100%. funny enough, i happen to be french myself. go figure...

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Sep 11, 2012 11:48:07 PM


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