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French high court: mayors must perform same-sex marriages

Catholic World News - October 24, 2013

France’s highest constitutional court has ruled that mayors and other local civil officials must perform same-sex marriages, according to multiple media reports.

“In view of the functions of a state official in the officiating of a marriage, the legislation does not violate their freedom of conscience,” the Constitutional Council of France ruled.

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Oct. 24, 2013 8:01 PM ET USA

    As I wrote years ago, this kind of change corrupts everything and everyone.

  • Posted by: gfdsmith9280 - Oct. 24, 2013 6:14 PM ET USA

    "French mayors can't refuse to perform same-sex marriages (Reuters)" Well,yes, they can refuse and probably will. Nothing will happen to them unless they are voted out of office, like Hollande will be kicked out in 2017, according to a poll. The French do not like being ordered around by their political elites, and they have a long history of rebellion against tyrants like President Hollande.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Oct. 24, 2013 6:52 AM ET USA

    Isn't France the nation that once also deemed it not a "violation of conscience" to have its gendarmes round up Jews? To force some of its citizens to wear yellow stars? Frankly, I think we are permitted to doubt very seriously the modern nation state's ability to judge what violates conscience and what does not. That goes doubly for the state's courts of 'justice'. (Naturally, our own American nation state is not exempt from this judgement.)

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