French government approves gay marriage bill

From Gay Star News:

The French cabinet has adopted a bill for marriage equality today which will be put to a parliamentary vote early next year

By Dan Littauer
07 November 2012

France’s Socialist cabinet adopted a draft bill to authorise gay marriage and adoption today (7 November) despite opposition from the Roman Catholic Church and others.

‘This is an important step towards the equality of rights,’ said Minister of Family Affairs Dominique Bertinnoti to AFP.

The French president Francois Hollande, made the issue a key part of his electoral platform, stating it was an advance ‘for all of society’.

Bertinnoti rejected criticism from religious and conservative groups that the move would ‘destroy’ the family, saying: ‘On the contrary it is a legal protection.’

The bill, will be introduced for a vote in early 2013 in the parliament, has attracted strong critique from religious and conservative groups without fully addressing the demands of France’s LGBT community.

The text of the bill stipulates: ‘Marriage is contracted by two persons of different sex or same-sex.’ The bill also grants the right for adoption for gay couples.

The text of the draft bill also stipulates the use of the words ‘parent/s’ replacing the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’.

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