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French Cabinet Approves Marriage Equality Draft Bill

MarriagefranceThe French Cabinet yesterday put its final stamp on a piece of draft legislation to legalize same-sex marriage there. The New York Times reports:

The draft law redefines marriage to stipulate that it is “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex,” and the words “father” and “mother” in existing legislation are replaced by “parents.” The bill would also allow married gay couples to adopt children.

Christiane Taubira, the justice minister, told the conservative newspaper La Croix that "marriage for all," as the government calls it, was a response to "a demand for equality."

The most controversial issue remains adoption. Only married people in France can adopt, and while over half of French people believe same-sex couples should be able to tie the knot, far less think they should be able to raise children, a belief that manifests itself in bizarre interpretive bird dance rituals.

That said, it may be a while before this bill becomes a law.

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  1. They should get a lawsuit about the abortion part ready. If it's not included in the bill, sue immediately and they'll win for certain. Until now the only reason the courts rejected it is because gay couples can't get married in the first place.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 8, 2012 9:42:22 AM


  2. erm, *adoption*, not abortion

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 8, 2012 9:42:40 AM


  3. This is good news (except for the remaining discrimination regarding adoption).
    But it seems to me that no law should ever specify rights based on gender one way or another, other than basic guarantees that gender shall not be relevant.
    If they specify that married couples can have rights asong as they are the same or opposite sex, then what happens to the most neutrally-identifying intersexed person? Do they even have sn "opposite" to their own sex? If not, would they them have to search high and low to find someone who is of the "same" sex category as they are in order to be sllowed to get married?
    I don't think governments should even be asking or defining anyone's sex other than for rights-neutral areas such as statistics.

    Posted by: GregV | Nov 8, 2012 11:14:33 AM


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