France: first gay French-Moroccan marriage blocked

Gay marriage not allowed with citizens from 11 countries

16 October, 15:31

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, OCTOBER 16 - The public prosecutor in the town of Chambery has blocked the first gay French-Moroccan marriage, after a local court on October 11 ruled that 55-year-old mechanic Dominique and Mohammed, a young Moroccan student, could go ahead and get married. Their lawyer Didier Besson, who hopes to break new juridical ground by challenging the current law of the land and who is much in demand among gay couples of mixed citizenship, has already filed an appeal in Chambery.

    France legalized gay marriage in May, but added that due to bilateral conventions French citizens can't marry same-sex citizens from 11 countries: Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Kosovo, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, and Tunisia. Gay rights groups immediately challenged what they said was a discriminatory law, calling on the justice ministry to make a ''rapid and political response''. (ANSAmed).

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