The news for marriage equality has been good lately. For the first time in the States voters went to the polls and voted in large numbers to allow equal right, since then Rhode Island’s lower house has approved a same-sex marriage bill and it looks like Valentine’s day might be extra special in Illinois this year as Democrats there hope to legalise same sex marriage by then.
Packing in PACS?
On this side of the pond there is some good news too. As our own Constitutional Convention readies itself to discuss the issue over on the continent the French are getting there too. At the moment France only allows a civil solidarity pact (PACS) between same sex couples but after debates, demonstrations and lots of emotion from both sides the country’s assembly voted in favour of a central clause by 249 votes to 97.
So much debate has been seen that no fewer than 5,000 amendments have been presented. The new law would not only allow for full marriage rights but also adoption rights (I hope you’re watching Enda). The debate is a week old and it seems that it will last another two. I love that in France the people really get heard, let’s hope the will of those people is for equality for all families.