Paris - France Rabbi Meets Hollande Over Gay Marriage Bill
Paris - French President Francois Hollande met with local religious leaders, including the countryâ€™s chief rabbi, Gilles Bernheim, to hear their views on same-sex marriages.
Tuesday’s meeting at the Elysee Palace, the official presidential residence, was held days before a planned demonstration against a draft law unveiled in November by Franceâ€™s Socialist government that would allow gay marriage.
At the â€śinformalâ€ť meeting, Hollande did not comment directly on the concerns expressed by the religious leaders about the draft law, according to Le Figaro.
He is quoted as telling the guests that he â€śheard with utmost respect the opinions coming from religious denominations,â€ť that the reform he is planning to lead â€śconcerns only civil marriageâ€ť and that it has been approved in a democratic manner.
French officials have said they want to adjust the law to allow single-sex marriage by June.
In an essay published last October, Bernheim argued that plans to legalize gay marriage are being made for â€śthe exclusive profit of a tiny minorityâ€ť and are often supported because of political correctness.
In â€śGay Marriage, Parenthood and Adoption: What We Often Forget To Say,â€ť Bernheim also wrote that homosexual rights groups â€świll use gay marriage as a Trojan Horseâ€ť in a wider campaign to â€śdeny sexual identity and erase sexual differencesâ€ť and â€śundermine the heterosexual fundamentals of our society.â€ť
Fifty Muslim activists issued an open letter on Monday urging Muslims to join a major Paris protest against the law on Sunday. That followed a similar appeal Jan. 5 by the influential Union of French Islamic Organizations.
Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post.
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