France Sets A Date

Jim Burroway

October 10th, 2012

In an interview with AFP, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that a draft law allowing same-sex marriage will be approved by government ministers on October 31. The bill, which will be presented to  President Francois Hollande’s cabinet, has drawn fierce opposition from the country’s religious leaders and more than 1,200 French mayors or deputy mayors:

Xavier Lemoine, a mayor who has said he will not allow gay weddings to take place in his town hall in the Paris suburb of Montfermeil, said the proposed legislation would be a disaster for society.

“I can refuse to apply the law if the law is tyrannical,” he said. “Above all else, I have to respect my conscience.”

The mayors’ petition against gay marriage is being orchestrated by Jacques Bompard, mayor of the southern French town of Orange and a member of the far-right National Front. The 1,200 signatures represent less than one percent of the total number of mayors and deputy mayors in France.

Hollande predicts that the bill will become law in mid-2013, and claims to have enough cross-party support to get the measure passed. Eight European countries, including six in the EU, provide full marraige equality for same-sex couples.

David in Houston

October 10th, 2012

I’m not sure how a law can be tyrannical if it only applies to 5% of the population. Then again, bigotry doesn’t require logic, does it?

F Young

October 10th, 2012

I’m not sure how a law can be tyrannical either when it only gives rights, and doesn’t take any rights away.

Timothy Kincaid

October 10th, 2012

I think he is saying that if the government requires him to perform marriages or have them performed in his town hall against his conscience, it is a form of tyranny.

I can sympathize to the extent of being required to personally conduct marriages, but the town hall does not belong to him.

Lindoro Almaviva

October 10th, 2012

Orange? Really? Apparently all the opera queens that flock to that place to leave thousands on top of thousands on the town when the festival is going on have not made an impact?

Lindoro Almaviva

October 10th, 2012

I think he is saying that if the government requires him to perform marriages or have them performed in his town hall against his conscience, it is a form of tyranny.

I don’t sympathize in the least. He was elected to perform a duty and that is to ensure the laws are applied equally. If his conscience tells him he can not perform his duties, he can resign for the greater good and allow someone else to take his place.


October 10th, 2012

He is the mayor of a town and is not being forced to perform marriages. He does not own the town hall so he has no right to call the law tyrannical. Maybe the towns will just elect other mayors who support equality.


October 11th, 2012

> more than 1,200 French mayors or deputy mayors

Just to put the number into context, there are approx. 36500 municipalities in France. Source:

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