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France’s top court rejects same-sex marriage challenge

The French Constitutional Court has rejected a challenge to same-sex marriage and adoption rights.
The French Constitutional Court has rejected a challenge to same-sex marriage and adoption rights. Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier

France’s Constitutional Council has cleared a bill allowing same-sex marriage and adoption rights, rejecting a challenge to the law.

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Opponents to gay marriage was seeking to challenge the legality of changing the definition of marriage.

But the Council – France’s highest legal body – approved the law on Friday, which is also the International Day Against Homophobia.

The French parliament adopted the law in April after months of bitter debate and street protests.

However, Frigide Barjot, the chief spokesperson for the movement against same-sex marriage, said the fight is not over.

“Our fight continues and I am sure there will be lots of us [protesting] on the streets on 26 May following this news. We are going to change civilisation unless French people decide otherwise,” she told news agency AFP.

The French government had said it was confident the opponents’ motion would fail, and that the first same-sex marriages could be celebrated as early as June.

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