French gay marriage ban upheld by constitutional court

January 28, 2011 07:16

The court ruled that the ban, challenged by Corinne Cestino and Sophie Hasslauer, was in keeping with the constitution.

BBC News

The court, or Constitutional Council as it is formally known, reached its decision through a panel of eight judges, six men and two women.

While many European states recognise homosexual civil unions, only Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Norway and Iceland legally acknowledge same-sex marriage.

At issue for the court was the legality of two articles in the civil code stipulating that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.


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