Court: French mayors must conduct gay marriagesOctober 18, 2013 @ 1:59 am
PARIS (AP) - France's constitutional court has ruled that mayors cannot refuse to carry out same-sex marriages just because they oppose them.
Friday's ruling comes a month after seven mayors contested France's new law allowing for gay marriage. The mayors say it should have allowed municipal authorities to opt out on the grounds of freedom of conscience.
In France, marriages can only be made official by city authorities, though many couples celebrate religious weddings, too. While the French Constitution allows for expressions of freedom of conscience, the court rejected the mayors' arguments and ruled that the disputed part of the legislation was constitutional.
The law allowing gay marriage exposed deep divisions in French society, prompting big protests for and against such unions.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Climate Change Winner
A forecaster says the Pacific Northwest will be on the winning side of climate change
Is Gas Works Safe?
Police have been called out to the park nearly every night this week
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.