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(Feb 07, 2013)
On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly approved a provision on the redefinition of marriage – as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman – that is part of a major piece of proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in
The provision inserts in the Civil Code a new article 143: "Marriage is contracted by two persons of different sex or of the same sex." (Projet de loi ouvrant le mariage aux couples de personnes de même sexe [Bill Opening Marriage to Couples of the Same Sex], ASSEMBLÉE NATIONALE (Nov. 7, 2012) [scroll down to see the text of the bill in full].) Other provisions of the proposed legislation will affect Civil Code articles having to do with such matters as conflict of laws, adoption and the choice of family name, and coordination of provisions (to adjust the language in other provisions to conform to the same-sex provision language). (
According to the introduction to the bill, the notion of the opening up of marriage to persons of the same sex has steadily progressed in France since the passage of Law No. 99-944 of November 15, 1999, on the Civil Solidarity Pact, with a majority of French people now being in favor of permitting same-sex marriages. (
The measure on same-sex marriage was passed "despite huge protests … that saw hundreds of thousands of people mass in
Debate on the bill, for which more than 5,000 amendments have been proposed as part of the reform, is projected to last for two weeks. One controversial measure among that large number of proposals, a clause on assisted reproduction techniques for lesbians, was abandoned as being too controversial. (
- Author: Wendy Zeldin More by this author
- Topic: Family More on this topic
- Jurisdiction: France More about this jurisdiction
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Last updated: 02/07/2013