Taroudant – A high French court authorized on Friday a Franco-Moroccan gay couple to get married.
The daily French newspaper Le Monde, reported last September that the couple, Dominique, a Frenchman, and Mohammed a Moroccan, could not get married because of a bilateral agreement between France and Morocco banning marriage of same sex couples from said countries.
“Law opening marriage to same-sex couples has changed the French public policy in international affairs,” Mr. Besson, layer of the couple told the press on Friday after the ruling of the tribunal.
“No further discrimination can take place. In other words, bilateral agreements may be excluded,” he added.
Mr. Besson was referring to a circular issued by the French Ministry of Justice at the end of May, following the promulgation of the law “le mariage pour tous” (marriage for all) that was adopted by France last spring. According to the same circular, citizens of 11 countries, including Morocco, cannot marry a person of the same sex.
The minister said that the bilateral agreements between France and such countries that do not allow same sex unions “have superior authority over the law.”
The court ruling is, however, not final. The prosecutor of Chambery announced that it will consider next Monday if it will appeal it. If the prosecutor appeals, the case will be heard in the Court of Appeal and will eventually be brought before the Court of Cassation. Conversely, if the prosecutor decides not to appeal, the couple will have the opportunity to marry.
Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau celebrated their union on May marking the first same-sex couple to marry in France after fierce debate and months of anti-gay mass street-demonstrations that divided French society.
By adopting the law of marriage for all, France has become the fourteenth country worldwide to allow same-sex couples to marry.