A Mayor in the French town of Cabestany has officiated a “symbolic” same-sex marriage.
France has a partnerships register, PACS, also open to heterosexuals, which does not give all the same rights as marriage. Attempts to pass marriage equality through the parliament have failed, most recently in September.
The Communist Mayor, Jean Vila, had suggested he might register the wedding of Patrick and Guillaume, but in the end wrote in the registry book that:
“This decision to join these two people for me is an act of anger and revolt in the face of the authorities’ refusal to legitimize such unions.”
“Unfortunately this document has no official character, since the law today forbids marriage between people of the same sex, but it signifies the wish of the local authority to see the law change.”
In 2004, a Mayor in the Bordeqaux suburb of Bègles officiated a gay wedding but this was annulled in the courts. Another couple were ‘symbolically’ married last year in Montpellier.
In January, the French Constitutional Council validated the ban on same-sex marriage.
Polls suggests that the majority of French people favor marriage equality and this may explain why a report in Atlantico suggested that Nicholas Sarkozy may join fellow Conservative David Cameron is reversing his position and supporting it in next year’s French presidential elections.
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