French court upholds same-sex marriage ban

Jan. 28, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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PARIS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A ban on same-sex marriages has been upheld by the French constitutional court, which held the ban was within the country's constitution.

Gay rights activists had hoped France would join other European countries in legalizing same-sex marriage, and a opinion poll indicated most French favor same-sex marriage, the BBC reported Friday.

While many European nations recognize same-sex civil unions, only Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Norway and Iceland recognize same-sex marriage.

The Constitutional Council heard the matter on a challenge by a lesbian couple.

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