Marriage Equality Likely in France Next Year
Same-sex couples in France could legally tie the knot in 2013. France’s Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault confirmed on Saturday that the country’s government officials plan to introduce legislation that would legalize gay marriage, UPI reported.
"In October, we will send a bill to the National Assembly and the Senate to allow same-sex couples to marry," Ayrault told fellow Socialist Party members last weekend. "It would also allow them to form families and adopt children."
If the measure passes through Parliament, as looks likely, France will become the ninth country in Europe to recognize marriage equality. Currently, same-sex couples can enter into civil soliderity pacts, which are a form of registered domestic partnerships, similar to civil unions in parts of the United States. Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Spain have all legalized gay marriage.
In July, Ayrault made a similar announcement in Parliament and said same-sex couples would be able to get married and adopt by 2013, EDGEreported. The remarks were made days after Paris held its annual Gay Pride parade.
"In the first half of 2013, the right to marriage and adoption will be open to all couples, without discrimination," Ayrault said. "Our society is evolving, lifestyles and mentalities are changing. The government will respond to that."