This strikes us as a sensible ruling by the French high court. At least it gives the French people an opportunity to speak democratically through their represenatives in parliament on the question of “gay marriage,” although we suspect what the eventual outcome will be:
Wednesday March 14, 2007 4:46 AM
PARIS (AP) – France’s highest court Tuesday rejected as unlawful the first marriage by a gay couple in France, annulling the union of the two men.
Stephane Charpin and Bertrand Charpentier were married in a civil ceremony on June 5, 2004, in Begles, a town in the southwest Bordeaux region. The government immediately said the union was outside the law, and a series of court decisions unfavorable to the couple followed.
In the latest decision, the court ruled that “under French law, marriage is a union between a man and a woman,” backing a 2005 decision by an appeals court in Bordeaux.
No other gay couple has married in France since Charpin and Charpentier’s 2004 union.
Prosecutor Marc Domingo said during an earlier court hearing that it was the parliament, not judges, who should have the final word in any legalization of marriages involving homosexual couples.