PARIS, August 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said at a meeting of the French Socialist party on Saturday that he will introduce a bill to create same-sex “marriage” in October. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was expanding on the promises by the new President, François Hollande, made during the Gay Pride festivities in July.
Ayrault confirmed that the law would include provisions allowing same-sex “married” couples to adopt children.
Lawmakers are set to go forward despite opposition from the Catholic Church and the country’s sizable Muslim minority, as well as a decision by France’s Constitutional Council in 2011 that the country’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman is valid under the French constitution.
The Constitutional Court said that it could not usurp the role of lawmakers in parliament. Later the same year the National Assembly rejected by a margin of 293 to 222 a bill proposed by the socialists.
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Immediately after his election, Hollande signaled that his government would take the country further down the path of secularisation, including “gay marriage” and greater government control over schools and public education.