French mayors gang up against gay marriage

20th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 20, 2006 (AFP) - A group of French mayors opposed to gay marriages Friday issued a demand that they be consulted before any move be made to legalise such unions.

PARIS, Jan 20, 2006 (AFP) - A group of French mayors opposed to gay marriages Friday issued a demand that they be consulted before any move be made to legalise such unions.

The association, calling itself Mayors for Childhood, issued the statement in the name of 50 mayors, most of them from France's ruling conservative UMP party.

It claimed nearly a third of France's 36,000 mayors shared their position.

Since 1999, couples in France — homosexual or heterosexual — can form a legal civil union known as a PACS, which conveys many but not all the rights of marriage.

Homosexual marriages, however, are not legal, and under French law, all marriages have to be solemnized at a town hall by the mayor or his or her representative.

Mayors for Childhood said it opposed gay marriages on the grounds that they undermined traditional family values.

"We cannot deliberately deprive certain children of a father and a mother," said the group's spokesman, Franck Meyer, mayor of Sotteville-sous-le-Val.

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