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  1. Real World

    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm on record as opposing Gay Marraige and supporting Civil Unions. Anyhow, Gay Marraige took a blow today in France.


    French High Court Rejects Gay Marriage

    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.

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    The lower court that initially rejected the marriage noted that gay couples in France are already covered by legislation that grants non-married cohabiting couples of the same or opposite sexes some rights enjoyed by married couples.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6478741,00.html
     
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    Got me thinking why? Is there a predominance of Catholicism? Did a little search interesting religious composition, however as these decisions are usually made by older men, there may be a heavy catholic influence in the judicial branch.. not sure why but makes sense to me.

    http://www.christianpost.com/articl...France_%91No_Longer_a_Catholic_Country%92.htm

    A poll published in a leading French religious magazine Tuesday showed that the number of French Catholics dropped dramatically while the number of atheists rose over the past decade, leading the publication to declare France “no longer a Catholic country.”

    French Catholics in the early 1990s made up over 80 percent of the population, but they currently make up only 51 percent, according to a poll published in Le Monde des Religions, reported the Telegraph’s online daily UK newspaper.

    Meanwhile, the number of atheists rose from 23 percent in 1994 to 31 percent.

    "In its institutions, but also in its mentalities, France is no longer a Catholic country," wrote Frederic Lenoir, editor in chief of Le Monde des Religions, according to the UK newspaper.

    Catholicism, despite the drop, remains by far the dominant religion in France. The poll shows that Muslims account for only four percent of the population, Protestants, three percent, and Jewish, only one percent.
     
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    #12 Jersey

    "Anyhow, Gay Marraige took a blow today in France"

    Um, well duh!:D
     
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    There's a "So much for Gay Paris" joke in there somewhere.

    Regards,
    Chris
     
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    so is the point that the young French are Gay athiests? Something to look forward to.
     

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