Tuesday, July 09, 2013

French mayor facing five years in prison for saying he would rather 'go to the gallows' than marry two gay men

A French mayor could face five years in prison after saying today that he would rather 'go to the gallows' than marry two gay men.   Jean-Michel Colo, who officiates near the south-western city of Bayonne has refused to wed Jean-Michel Martin and Guy Martineau-Espel.

The couple are now suing the mayor for discrimination, claiming that Mr Colo is breaching the same-sex marriage law which came into force across France last month.

The dispute is now set to provide a test case for the new marriage law which has proven divisive in France and has already seen thousands take to the streets to protest.

Mr Colo, 60, has been mayor of the small village of Arcangues, in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department, for the past three decades.  He now risks five years in prison and a fine of around £64,000 for his refusal to officiate at the wedding of Mr Martin and Mr Martineau-Espel, who are both in their 50s.

'For me, marriage is for a woman and man to have children,' said Mr Colo. 'I am not discriminating as a same-sex couple is sterile. It's a parody of equality, it's a big lie.'

Mr Colo added that he would rather 'go to the gallows' than back down on the vexed issue. He has argued there is a 'conscience clause' in the new legislation which allows public officials not to take part in gay marriages.

But Isabelle Duguet, the couple's lawyer, said she had filed a case against Mr Colo for discrimination and for refusing to carry out his official duties.



Anonymous said...

There's probably an army of militant gays scouring the land now to find reluctant officials against which they can file suit in order to intimidate any other holdouts. Not good enough to find another venue, the official must be made to acquiesce.

Anonymous said...

Five years in jail? Really? So you can now go to prison for showing gays the exact same amount of "tolerance" they show to everyone else?

By trying to force societies to give in to their endless demands, gays will cause a huge backlash from those societies. People have had enough of their bullying. It's time to push back. Hard.

Anonymous said...

The gays in France better not be in too bog a hurry to get married. When their rapidly growing Muslim population takes over, the government will have a handy list of those who applied for a marriage licence. We all know how tolerant Islam is toward homosexuality.

Dman said...

I don't see what the uproar is about. I wouldn't want to marry two gay men either. I prefer my wife. :)

Anonymous said...

Imagine arresting someone for uttering their beliefs, the new fascists are here.