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.