French presidential candidate seeks to end gay marriage

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French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has pledged to end gay marriage if she is elected.

The leader of the far right party Front National released a document detailing 144 policy promises this week. A little over halfway through the document, at point number 87, Le Pen says she will replace the current system of marriage and civil partnerships.

At the moment same sex couples in France have the same right to marry as their heterosexual peers. This law was passed in 2013 by the current Socialist government.

In this newly published document Le Pen pledges to create an “improved” system which would no longer allow gay couples to marry. They would only be eligible to enter civil partnerships. In France these are called ‘civil solidarity pacts’ (pactes civils de solidarité or PACS). So under Le Pen’s proposal the law would revert back to how it was between 1999, when PACS were first introduced, and 2013.

However, promise number 87 does stipulate that this new system would not work retroactively. So any gay couple who has already married in France would still be recognised by the law.

The first round of this year’s French Presidential election will take place in April. If none of the ten eligible candidates receive a majority of the vote, a run-off election will be held the following month between the top two. Le Pen led in the most recent set of polls, so it is not out of the question that she might become President.

Yet despite this high level of support for her overall platform and the resistance to marriage equality among French people when it was introduced, the practice has become much more widely accepted in recent years. In September, a survey found that 62 per cent of citizens would oppose efforts to repeal gay marriage.

Photo of Marine Le Pen by Blandine Le Cain via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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spinner - February 15, 2017 at 1:20pm

Anyone who is against or questions Marine Le Pen is clearly a misogynist or if they are female have internalised misogyny. It’s time for a female president of France. #imwithher

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