Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announces that on October 31, a draft bill on the legalisation of gay marriages will be presented to the French cabinet.
France on Wednesday named October 31 as the date when a draft law authorising gay marriage will be approved by government ministers, amid mounting opposition to the proposed legislation.
More than 1,200 French mayors or deputy mayors have signed a petition opposing the government’s plans, with many of them warning they will not preside over same-sex ceremonies.
But, in an interview with AFP, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault insisted there would be no backtracking on a manifesto promise by President Francois Hollande which has also run into strong opposition from the Catholic church.
The text to be presented to Hollande’s cabinet will redefine marriage to stipulate that it is “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex,” Ayrault said.
The draft legislation will include provision for married gay couples to adopt children but the right will not be immediately extended to unmarried homosexuals, he added.
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