A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, more than two dozen countries have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not.
Same-sex marriage has been legalized in in twenty-seven countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies. Yet same-sex marriage remains banned in many countries, and the expansion of broader lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights has been uneven globally. International organizations, including the United Nations, have issued resolutions in support of LGBT rights, but human rights groups say these organizations have limited power to enforce these newly recognized rights.
France may look highly progressive, given its legalization of same-sex marriage five years ago. But French society is more conservative than it seems, a fact manifesting as now-married LGBT couples try to adopt. July 25,
InSOS Homophobie received 26 reports from people who said they had a homophobic, biphobic, or transphobic encounter with justice or law enforcement officials. By this is meant that an officer refused to characterize an assault as homophobic in a complaint or to even file a complaint, or that a law enforcement officer himself discriminated against LGBT people. While these incidents remain thankfully limited, they are no less unacceptable.
On February 12,France became the second nation in one month to take the first steps toward marriage equality. In addition to legalizing same-sex marriage, the recently passed bill also grants the same right to all married couples to adopt children. The adoption clause was facilitated by an article passed earlier by the Assembly that redefined marriage as a contract between two people.
Same-sex marriage in France has been legal since 18 May The legislation applies to metropolitan France as well as to the French overseas departments and territories. On 12 Februarythe National Assembly approved the bill in a — vote.
When France legalised gay marriage earlier this year, it was trumpeted by the government as a key moment for equality. Frenchwoman Lise and her Polish girlfriend Agnieszka have been together for three years. They were looking forward to getting married after France this year became the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage, following months of bitter debate. But under a bilateral agreement signed between Poland and France inAgnieszka falls under Polish marriage law even while in France.
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