While rumors a few weeks back had French President Nicolas Sarkozy changing his mind to support gay marriage, the Gallic politician has now gone on record to say that he will not be including gay marriage or gay adoption in his re-election campaign.
Luckily for French LGBTs, Sarkozy’s socialist party opponent, Francois Hollande, is hugely popular, and totally pro-marriage equality. The presidential election will go down at the end of April/beginning of May.
In an interview with Le Figaro magazine translated by LifeSiteNews, Sarkozy stated that he did not support legalizing gay marriage, because it opens the door to gay adoption and families with same-sex parents. Said Sarkozy:
In troubled times, when our society needs to keep its bearings, I don’t think that it is necessary to blur the image of this essential social institution that is marriage…
I know that there exists, in fact, particular situations with men and with women who assume their parental roles perfectly. But they do not lead me to think that it is necessary to inscribe in law a new definition of family.
Sarkozy said he supports inheritance rights for gay couples, but doesn’t want to create “civil unions” because they would “harm the institution of marriage.” France already has a sort of civil union called PACS.
How a conservative politician can justify wanting less families on the planet, we do not know. Would that Sarkozy were more like British PM David Cameron, his neighbor to the west, who has said that he does not support gay marriage in spite of being a Conservative, but that he supports it because he is a Conservative.
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