France Will Legalize Gay Marriage Says PM
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault issued a statement Friday confirming that the new socialist government will legalize marriage equality and same-sex parent adoptions.
“The government has made it an objective for the next few months to work on implementing its campaign commitments on the fight against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity,” Ayrault’s office said in a statement.
Earlier in the day, the junior minister for families Dominique Bertinotti told French daily Le Parisien that a law on gay marriage and adoption would be passed within a year.
The statement from prime minister’s office did not confirm the time frame, but asserted a law would be implemented.
The government also reportedly wishes to reform the way it currently recognizes transgender individuals and, in particular, their gender identity change.
President Francois Hollande, who took office last month and whose party gained an overwhelming majority in the French Parliament, had pledged to support same-sex marriage. This stood him in marked contrast to former president Nicolas Sarkozy who, alongside many in the right of center UMP, remained staunchly opposed to the move.
In January of 2011, the Constitutional Court of France ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage was not against the French Constitution and said that legalizing such partnerships was a matter for Parliament to decide. Then in June of 2011, the National Assembly of France voted 293-222 against legalizing same-sex marriage.
France currently allows same-sex couples limited cohabition rights and benefits.
Currently, France does not expressly recognize same-sex marriages that were carried out abroad, however recent legal cases have given precedent for some recognition.