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French president introduces proposal for same-sex marriage; cardinal objects

November 08, 2012

French President Francois Hollande has introduced legislation that would give legal recognition to homosexual marriage, drawing a quick rebuke from the Archbishop of Paris.

Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, speaking at a meeting of the French bishops' conference, criticized the government for "focusing public attention to much on an issue that's actually secondary" at a time when the struggles of the French economy demand immediate attention. He added that proponents of same-sex marriage seem determined to push the legislation through without a real public debate.

The legislation that Hollande introduced, in fulfillment of a campaign promise, would be presented to the French parliament for approval next year. Along with legal approval of same-sex unions, the measure would allow homosexual couples to adopt children.

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