French Supreme Court Rejects Gay Marriage

AHN Julie Farby March 14, 2007

Paris, France (AHN) – In a landmark ruling, France’s highest court ruled the first marriage by a homosexual couple in the country was unlawful, thereby annulling the June, 5 2004 union between the two men.

After Stephane Charpin and Bertrand Charpentier were married in a civil ceremony in a town in the southwest Bordeaux region of France, a flurry of legal challenges soon followed, all of which ruled against the gay couple’s right to wed.

France’s Supreme Court, which ruled that under French law “marriage is a union between a man and a woman,” backed the earlier decision by an appeals court in Bordeaux, which also ruled against the men’s marriage.

Charpin and Charpentier, who have been the only gay couple to marry in France since their 2004 union ceremony, vowed to bring their case to the European Court of Human Rights to fight the ruling.

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