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France Rules Mayors Cannot Refuse to Marry Homosexual Couples

Posted by Joseph on 21 October, 2013

 

France’s highest court ruled on Friday that the country’s mayors cannot refuse to officiate at same-sex marriages, rejecting a bid by a group of mayors who claimed gay marriage went against their moral or religious beliefs. The Constitutional Council’s ruling followed an appeal by mayors and registrars opposed to France’s controversial bill legalising same-sex marriages, which came into effect in May this year. They argued that the same-sex marriage bill should have included a “freedom of conscience” clause, giving officiators the right not to carry out same-sex marriages if it conflicts with their personal religious or moral beliefs. The lack.

..France 24 ^ | 10/18/13 | Claire Williams

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