Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Will 'Evil Clowns' disrupt French Halloween?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Why Burkina Faso matters

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

#IKEAgate?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Undiplomatic language

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Palestinian territories: Can there be an end to the historic conflict? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Palestinian territories: Can there be an end to the historic conflict?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Zambian President Michael Sata dies aged 77

Read more

FOCUS

Lebanon: Syrian civil war spillover heightens tensions in Tripoli

Read more

ENCORE!

Art show: From Frank Gehry's glass sails to Paul McCarthy's sex toys

Read more

France

France reviews gay marriage ban

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-11-16

France’s highest court of appeal has launched an investigation into a law which makes same-sex marriage illegal, asking the country's Constitutional Council to decide whether or not to repeal the ban.

 

AFP - France's highest court of appeal, the Court of Cassation, on Tuesday asked the Constitutional Council to rule on whether gay marriage should remain illegal.
  
The request came after individuals in August asked a court in the northeastern city of Reims to look at the legality of articles of the civil code, France's law book, which ban same-sex marriages.
  
The unnamed individuals said the articles were unconstitutional because they "limit the personal freedom of a French citizen to marry someone of the same sex".
  
The Court of Cassation said that gay marriage "is today the subject of a broad debate within society, notably because of the evolution of morals and the recognition of same-sex marriages by the laws of several foreign countries".
  
The Constitutional Court will now have to rule on the articles' legality.
  
Lawyer Caroline Mecary, who has dealt with several cases involving homosexual partnerships, welcomed the move.
  
"This decision by the Court of Cassation is good news for the three million lesbians and gays who cannot get married," she said.
  
"Soon perhaps France will respect the principle of equality by opening marriage up to people of the same sex, as eight European countries have already done," she said.
  
In Europe, same-sex marriages are possible to different degrees in Belgium, Britain, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.

 

Date created : 2010-11-16

  • USA

    Appeals court puts California gay marriage on hold

    Read more

  • ARGENTINA

    Argentina is first Latin American country to legalise gay marriage

    Read more

  • USA

    New York state rejects gay marriage

    Read more

COMMENT(S)