France: mayors can't be gay marriage conscientious objectors

Constitutional Council rules public service must be neutral

18 October, 11:52

    A protester holds a sign representing the French Marianne underlined by 'Liberty Equality Sexuality' during a protest march in support of gay marriage in Paris A protester holds a sign representing the French Marianne underlined by 'Liberty Equality Sexuality' during a protest march in support of gay marriage in Paris

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS - The French Constitutional Council early on Friday ruled mayors cannot refuse to celebrate same-sex marriages on ground of conscientious objection.

    Some mayors had petitioned the Council for an opinion on this issue, since the new same-sex marriage law does not include a conscientious objection clause. The lack of such a clause ''is in conformity with the Constitution,'' the Council judges said in their opinion. ''Lawmakers intended to ensure the law would be applied by their agents, thereby guaranteeing the healthy functioning and neutrality of the public service with regards to marital status'', the Council said.(ANSAmed).

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