One of the 60 promises by the candidate François Hollande, to become President of France, was to permit homosexual marriages. This promise finally became law on the 17th of May 2013.
Yesterday, in Montpelier, "Vincent and Bruno", two men, were legally married in accordance with this new law in France.
They were legally married by the Mayor, surrounded by their families and by more than 200 journalists !
They announced their intention to adopt a child.
To all intents and purposes the idea is that "Vincent and Bruno" will have all the same rights as all married heterosexual couples. Just how this will work out will be seen in due course.
Will both "Vincent and Bruno" get "maternity leave" after adopting a child? Will both be entitled to alimony if they separate, or to a subsistence allowance, or a pension on the death of one or the other ? Could there be a plea for "adultary" in the case of divorce ?
Case law, or jurisprudence, will certainly decide the future rights !
There has been much social upheaval in France recently because this law cuts across many religious beliefs and, what can be briefly termed as "family law".
François Hollande certainly gained many floating votes in his quest to be elected as President last year, but it is not certain, at present, that this same "subject" will ensure his re-election next time !