Tuesday, March 20, 2007

French Court Annuls Gay Marriage.

Not an environmental issue as such, but one I found interesting anyway. I would have thought that France would be more open-minded to this kind of thing. And no, that's not a thinly-veiled shot at the masculinity of French men.


France's highest appeals court, the Court of Cassation, on Tuesday definitively annulled the country's first-ever homosexual marriage by rejecting an appeal filed by the two partners.

In its judgment the court declared that "according to French law, marriage is the union between a man and a woman."

The decision confirms the annulment of the marriage between Stephane Capin, now 36, and Bertrand Charpentier, 34, rendered by the Bordeaux Court of Appeals in April 2005 following a similar decision one year earlier by a court of law in the same city.

Chapin and Charpentier were married on June 5, 2004, in a civil ceremony carried out by the mayor of the Bordeaux suburb of Begels, Noel Mamere.

A former presidential candidate for the Green Party, Mamere was later suspended from office for having presided over the marriage.

I recall coming across an old article which used many of the standard arguments about how this sort of thing would lead civilization further down the path of moral decay, etc, etc. Except it was about inter-racial marriages.

I don't believe inter-racial marriage has caused society to crumble, and I strongly doubt homosexual marriages would either.

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