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French mayor 'might marry girls, but not boys'

Dan MacGuill · 14 Jun 2013, 14:06

Published: 14 Jun 2013 14:06 GMT+02:00

Claude Binaud, six-time mayor of Matha, a town in the Charente-Maritime region of south-western France, has caused a stir by refusing to marry a local man, Bernard Rouhaud, and his partner, it was reported on Friday.

He qualified his refusal, however, by saying that he “might marry two girls.”

Binaud, 77, has been a consistent opponent of gay marriage, which became legal in France in May after months of fraught national debate and even violent clashes.

“There’s no doubt, I will not marry them, not two boys,” he told regional daily Sud-Ouest.

“I don’t find it [gay marriage] normal. We’re touching on something central to society here – the family,” he said.

“Two girls, I might have said yes, if my back was against the wall. But that’s totally different, they can have children,” he added.

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Binaud has assured the couple that their wedding, planned for August 3rd, will take place in Matha, but that a town councillor, rather than he himself, will be the one to officiate at it.

Binaud may find, however, that his proposed compromise solution will not pass muster with national authorities.

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Earlier this week, France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls warned mayors throughout the country that anyone refusing to marry gay couples would be in violation of the law.

As a result, they could face “significant sanctions,” up to and including a three-year prison sentence and €45,000 fine, Valls said.

He was reacting to the news that Jean-Michel Colo, mayor of Arcangues in the Pays-Basques region of south-western France had become the first French official to formally refuse to officiate at the wedding of a gay couple.

Dan MacGuill (dan.macguill@thelocal.com)

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