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.