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Marriage equality coming to France in 2013, and Happy Independence Day!

By Jacob Combs

The AFP reports that French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told Parliament yesterday, “In the first half of 2013, the right to marriage and adoption will be open to all couples, without discrimination.”  As a candidate, newly-instated President Francois Hollande campaigned on a platform that included marriage equality.

For those of us here in the states, Happy Fourth of July!  By next year’s Independence Day, I hope we will be able to celebrate the end of the Defense of Marriage Act and marriage equality victories in new states around the country.

What are you doing for the holiday?

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Vive la France! French Gouvernment Poised To Legalize Marriage Equality!
France’s newly elected Socialist President, François Hollande, has confirmed plans to follow through on campaign promises that he would legalise [marriage equality] and grant LGBT adoption rights during his first year in office.
Part of a communique released by the office of the Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayraultr ensured the legislation has already been drafted as a way to mark the recent International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Marriage equality has long been anticipated in France with 2011 polls finding that 63% favoured same-sex marriage rights. The pledge to put the president’s manifesto promise into law will allow France to join other predominantly Catholic countries Spain, Portugal and Argentina who have also legislated marriage equality.Currently France offers a civil union agreement for all couples (PACS) which hold fewer rights than marriage, with exclusions including the right to joint adoption or artificial insemination.Conservative Catholics are already gearing up for a fight with Catholic group the Civitas Institute leading the protest against a “red and secularist France” and criticising Hollande’s “intrinsically anti-Christian, anti-family and anti-national vision.”
Australian Marriage Equality convener, Alex Greenwich, has heralded the French Government’s haste on this issue, stating France’s political leaders understand “the urgency and importance of equality.”  
Greenwich also sheds light on the failures of the Australian government to instil a similar sense of equality by relying on civil unions to sate the LGBT public, despite reform being more popular in Australia than France.

Vive la France! French Gouvernment Poised To Legalize Marriage Equality!

France’s newly elected Socialist President, François Hollande, has confirmed plans to follow through on campaign promises that he would legalise [marriage equality] and grant LGBT adoption rights during his first year in office.

Part of a communique released by the office of the Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayraultr ensured the legislation has already been drafted as a way to mark the recent International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Marriage equality has long been anticipated in France with 2011 polls finding that 63% favoured same-sex marriage rights. The pledge to put the president’s manifesto promise into law will allow France to join other predominantly Catholic countries Spain, Portugal and Argentina who have also legislated marriage equality.Currently France offers a civil union agreement for all couples (PACS) which hold fewer rights than marriage, with exclusions including the right to joint adoption or artificial insemination.Conservative Catholics are already gearing up for a fight with Catholic group the Civitas Institute leading the protest against a “red and secularist France” and criticising Hollande’s “intrinsically anti-Christian, anti-family and anti-national vision.”

Australian Marriage Equality convener, Alex Greenwich, has heralded the French Government’s haste on this issue, stating France’s political leaders understand “the urgency and importance of equality.”  

Greenwich also sheds light on the failures of the Australian government to instil a similar sense of equality by relying on civil unions to sate the LGBT public, despite reform being more popular in Australia than France.