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Gay Muslim men have marriage blessed in France

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  1. Good luck to them. The French election is coming soon and it looks as though the left will get back into power and hopefully then fulfil their promise to introduce marriage equality.

    1. de Villiers 9 Apr 2012, 1:25pm

      The upcoming election is for the President rather than the Assemblée Nationale.

      In the life of the Fifth Republic, there has been only one President on the Left – President Mitterrand. In any event, it is not the President who controls this but the Assemblée Nationale. The left introduced the PACS when there was a left-wing majority under Prime Minister Jospin (who went on to lose the Presidential election so badly that he allowed Le Pen of the Front National to reach the final stage against Chirac.

      The Parti Socialist, however, have promised to introduce gay marriage should then win another majority. As it happens, a PACS in France has some advantages over marriage in England – specifically in the tax treatment where those in a PACS can file a joint tax statement whereas in England each person is taxed individually.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 9 Apr 2012, 1:44pm

        I’d still have a civil marriage than a PACs or a CP, neither of which will ever be the universal gold standard. I can live without the privilege of filing a joint tax return in exchange for a real marriage.

      2. de Villiers 9 Apr 2012, 3:27pm

        A joint tax return can be a substantial benefit when one of you is not working. My partner and I have adopted a boy and he no longer works. We would be in a far more advantageous position with a PACS – save that we could not have adopted in France.

  2. If you are reading this congratulations! And good luck with the fight for recognition!

  3. Mashallah! Bless you all who love. Our time will come. We shall overcome.

  4. The very best of luck to them – they deserve it, and their time will come. Every country and faith needs people like them to move the rest forward. Congratulations if they see this!

  5. A good example of, be the change you want to see in the world, Allah Bless them and congratulations to them, may they live long happy lives together.

  6. GingerlyColors 9 Apr 2012, 8:14pm

    Good luck to them and hopefully they will be able to have their marriage officially endorsed soon. France has registered partnerships or Pact De Solidarite but after 221 years of legal homosexuality it is time they made that final step into marriage equality. The Muslim community in France is much larger than ours but are subject to more restrictions and there is the ban on full-face veils. Recently Nicolas Sarkosky summarily threw out two terror suspects in defiance of the European Court Of Human Rights. The Muslim population of France is also more ghettoised and trouble in those suburbs is frequent. Having said that there are Muslims who are enlightened in both Britain and France.

  7. Staircase2 9 Apr 2012, 8:47pm

    Bless em!
    I wish them all the best :o)
    What a lovely story :o)

  8. This convinced me that there are some decent religious figures in existence, hence there is some hope for humanity.

    1. Me too. We need to hear more about and from educated gay Muslims.

  9. Forgive me for homophobia but I just can’t get my head around two people of the same sex marrying each other!

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