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Opposition from Religious Leaders Delays Presentation and Debate of France's Marriage Equality Bill

France is delaying debate on a promised marriage equality bill, the AP reports:

AyraultPrime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault first named Oct. 31 as the date when government ministers would present the law, insisting there would be no backtracking.

But his office said Friday that this date has been pushed back to Nov. 7. And the debate in parliament is now expected to last until January.

On Thursday, France's Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim joined other religious leaders in opposing the plans, while more than 1,200 French mayors and their deputies have signed a petition protesting them.

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  1. Ugh. Not good. But hard to see it mattering in the end.

    Posted by: Fodolodo | Oct 19, 2012 10:26:17 AM

  2. Laïcité, motherfrackers

    Unlike America, the French take separation of church and state seriously

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 19, 2012 10:32:52 AM

  3. The mayors are protesting the plans, or the religious leaders? Clear journalism here...

    Posted by: mike8787 | Oct 19, 2012 10:38:36 AM

  4. Espèces de cochon!

    Posted by: Jeff | Oct 19, 2012 10:41:22 AM

  5. One week? Hardly a delay if you ask me.

    Posted by: Stefan | Oct 19, 2012 10:58:09 AM

  6. Same question as MIKE8787's. Impossible to tell how it is written.

    Posted by: unruly | Oct 19, 2012 12:00:24 PM

  7. It's right wing mayors and in different ways the religious leaders. But the most vocal by far are the Catholics leaders. But nonetheless, at most 5% of French are active religious, the majority backs up the marriage equality (less backs up adoption), and the delay in parliament is mainly to add artificial embryo implementation equality (mainly for lesbians) in the law. There is nothing much to fear here. The law will happen, and when it happen it will be for good.

    Posted by: oakpope | Oct 19, 2012 12:06:59 PM

  8. Not so much concerned about the week delay but does this really need to take 2+ months to complete?

    Posted by: Bruno | Oct 19, 2012 12:44:56 PM

  9. now he knows how bill clinton felt when he tried for open service in the military too soon...

    Posted by: bandanajack | Oct 20, 2012 9:24:14 AM

  10. But nonetheless, at most 5% of French are active religious, the majority backs up the marriage equality

    Posted by: Supreme Snapback | Nov 19, 2012 4:03:17 AM

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