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Saturday, January 29, 2011

France: No Gay Marriage

Paris - France's law prohibiting gay marriage does not violate the constitution, the country's top constitutional watchdog ruled on Friday, all but challenging parliament to debate overturning the ban.

The decision by the Constitutional Council puts the politically sensitive issue at the doorstep of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's governing conservatives, ratcheting up the pressure as they face presidential and legislative elections next year.

Gay rights activists quickly condemned the ruling.

The issue has bared a contradiction about France: The country retains a conservative strain on family values, but its image is often linked to love and romance - and polls suggest openness to gay marriage is growing.

Corinne Cestino and Sophie Hasslauer, who have lived together for 15 years, have four kids and seek the right to wed, challenged the constitutionality of the French civil code's stipulation that marriage must be between a man and a woman.

From here.

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