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.

Reports Reuters:

“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.


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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Europe, Latinamerica, Asia. When will USA join them and the rest of Northamerica?

Leia P.
Leia P.5 years ago

the beat goes on

Tian Tian He
tian tian He5 years ago

Congratulations France! :D

Bella M.
Bella M5 years ago

Equals rights for all!bravo to the frenchs!

Bella M.
Bella M5 years ago

Wonderful!equals rights for all!

Arild Warud


Robert Pavlick
Robert Pavlick5 years ago

Norma V says: "I know a couple that went to France to get married. They returned with congratulations, bravas, and well dones. Too bad they could not have received the same here in Texas."

Not only that, Norma, but the worse part is that their marriage will not be legally recognized in Texas like that of a hetero couple that got married in France. To me, if you were married legally in another country, it should be recognized here. Why do we recognize foreign marriages in this country? There must be some treaty or legal reason? And if so, we should recognize foreign gay marriages too.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

I know a couple that went to France to get married. They returned with congratulations, bravas, and well dones. Too bad they could not have received the same here in Texas.

John Mansky
John Mansky5 years ago

Equal rights for all...

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley5 years ago

Kudos to France!