Last May, France became the fourteenth country to legalize gay marriage and gay adoption. (Other European Nations that allow gay adoption include Belgiium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Britain). Many Parisiens, particularly rural Catholics, did not cotton to the law that was signed by President Francois Hollande, and took to the streets in droves to protest. The marches focused heavily on adoption rights.
Authorities Who Did Not Comply with the Marriage Law
In fact, several mayors rejected the law “as a matter of conscience.” The Mayor of Arcangues, Jean-Michel Colo, in south-west France, refused to marry a gay couple in June . He said “I will go to the gallows “ in order to defy the law.
Recently, France’s highest court ruled that mayors cannot refuse to hold same-sex weddings in the country.
An Historic Event : Lesbian Couple Granted Adoption Rights
One couple, identified as Caroline and Pascale A. were married last June. On October 17th, they received approval that one wife’s two biological children, Laure and Lise could be adopted by the other’s wife. According to the report, both of the children are the result of artificial insemination by an unknown donor or donors. (same-sex couples are allowed to adopt domestically, but not from Russia because of Russia’s anti-gay marriage stance. )
The Association of Gay and Lesbian Parents and Future Parents was also pleased. It said “that from now on, children may hear in school hallways, “Two moms or two dads!”