Sunday, January 30, 2011

Briefly: Europe - Gay Rights

From The International Herald Tribune:

Briefly: Europe

PARIS: FRENCH PANEL UPHOLDS LAW PROHIBITING GAY MARRIAGE

The Constitutional Council on Friday upheld longstanding legislation that effectively bans marriage for same-sex couples.

The council ruled that two articles of the civil code that refer to marriage as a union between a man and woman were not contrary to the Constitution, and judged it to be the role of lawmakers to determine the societal desirability of those articles.

Since 1999, gay couples in France have been permitted to be joined in civil unions, but many protest that the partnerships do not afford the same rights as marriage, in particular with regard to parenting and adoption.

LONDON: 2 MEN IN COURT IN FIRST TEST OF LAW AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA

British prosecutors say two men are appearing in court to face the first prosecution for stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.

The men, Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, are accused of distributing a leaflet outside a mosque in Derby, north of London, that called for homosexuals to be executed. Prosecutors say the men handed out the leaflet in July 2010. (AP) 

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