French President Hollande Signs Marriage Bill

Jim Burroway

May 18th, 2013

One day after the Constitutional Council declared that the marriage equality and adoption bill passed constitutional muster, French President François Hollande has signed the bill into law. This makes France the fourteenth nation worldwide and the ninth in Europe to legalize same-sex marriage. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said the first same-sex marriages could take place as early as June.

In an apparent reference to ongoing sometimes-violent protests against the bill (another major protest is scheduled for May 26 in Paris), Hollande said, “I will ensure that the law applies across the whole territory, in full, and I will not accept any disruption of these marriages.”


May 18th, 2013

There are now 15 nations where same-sex marriage is available nationally. Brazil’s National Judicial Council last week made it the 14th such country when it ruled that registrars cannot refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.

The countries are the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, and France in Europe; Canada in North America; Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil in South America; South Africa in Africa; and New Zealand.

Timothy Kincaid

May 21st, 2013

Jay, white Brazil almost qualifies, I’m waiting to see if there is an appeal before adding it to the list


May 18th, 2013

Also, marriages can begin in France ten days after the President signs the legislation, so they will begin before the end of May.

When Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said the first same-sex marriages could take place as early as June, she was not expecting the Constitutional Council to act as quickly as they did.

Ben In Oakland

May 18th, 2013

This is what a leader looks like.

Regan DuCasse

May 18th, 2013

I wonder when the florists, the cake makers,photographers, travel agents who refuse to provide wedding services to gay couples and then pretend it’s THEIR rights that are being violated for doing so?
I’ve always wondered how it’s a business owner’s rights to abuse a paying customer for something that customer didn’t know about in the first place?


May 18th, 2013

> When Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said the first same-sex marriages could take place as early as June, she was not expecting the Constitutional Council to act as quickly as they did.

She probably preferred to err on the save side. It will be early June in most places, end of May in places with exceptionally ambitious mayors. 10 days is the minimum delay between publishing of the banns and marriage, usually it takes longer to get a date for a wedding (in a French paper I read it takes 4 weeks in most townhalls.)

Monday is a holiday in France, so couples will be able to start filing the paperwork on May 21 – plus 10 days makes May 31.

One mayor in Paris (3rd arondissement) promised to have the registry office open Saturday afternoon (today) and the mayor of Montpellier already scheduled the first same-sex wedding for May 29.

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