Plans by France’s Socialist government to legalize same-sex marriage are proving harder to enact than first thought after faith leaders and conservatives mobilized against it even as left-wing deputies try to expand it.
With a solid majority it won last spring, the government originally only planned short parliamentary hearings and a debate early next year before voting on one of President Francois Hollande’s most divisive campaign promises and something he has framed as a trademark reform.
But as opposition has grown, it has put off issuing the draft text of the reform and scheduled longer parliamentary hearings. It has also put aside one demand, assisted procreation – or giving gay couples the right to have “test tube babies” – as too hot to handle for now.
“Parliament will take its time,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Saturday. “Nobody doubts (the reform) will become law, but all opinions – political, philosophical or religious – will be heard.”