French court to examine legality of marriage equality ban
November 17, 2010
Posted on timesofindia.indiatimes.com:
highest court of appeal, the Court of Cassation, on Tuesday asked the
Constitutional Council to rule on whether the freedom to marry should remain
"The request came after individuals in August asked a
court in the northeastern city of Reims to look at the legality of
articles of the civil code, France's law book, which ban
marriages of same-sex couples.
"The unnamed individuals said the articles were
unconstitutional because they 'limit the personal freedom of a French
citizen to marry someone of the same sex.'
"The Court of
Cassation said that marriage equality 'is today the subject of a broad
debate within society, notably because of the evolution of morals and
the recognition of marriages of same-sex couples by the laws of several foreign
... "Lawyer Caroline Mecary, who has dealt with several cases involving homosexual partnerships, welcomed the move.
"'This decision by the Court of Cassation is good news for the three
million lesbians and gays who cannot get married,' she said.
"'Soon perhaps France will respect the principle of equality by opening
marriage up to people of the same sex, as eight European countries have
already done,' she said.
"In Europe, the freedom to marry is honored to different degrees in Belgium, Britain, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden."