Referring to the comments made by Green Party member and mayor of BÃ¨gles, NoÃ«l MamÃ¨re, Chirac declared that, âThe law does not permit marriage between two men or two women. If hypothetically some believe they have the right to perform them, naturally they should be sanctioned.â.- After the mayor of a small town in France announced he would officiate at the countryâs first homosexual wedding, French president Jacques Chirac said âmarriagesâ between people of the same sex are illegal in France, and he called for sanctions against those who would perform them.
Chirac indicated that Franceâs civil unions law, which allows for homosexual unions, resolves âthe problems regarding human rights,â although, he added, âexperience shows that this law has not provided all of the guarantees and solutions to potential problems in this area.â
Therefore, Chirac said he was âin favor, on the basis of respect for human rights, of making the necessary changes to existing law, not because it is bad but because it is insufficient.â
But beyond reform of the civil unions law, Chirac said, âThere is a law and a tradition clearly affirmed in the Civil Code and which does not permit marriages between two men or two women.â He said he was doubtful of the existence of âa large majority of the public that questions a law of this nature.â
Likewise, Primer Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said, âThere is a large consensus in favor of maintaining the current concept of marriage.â