French mayor refuses to perform gay wedding
September 13, 2004
PARIS — The mayor of a Paris suburb on Wednesday refused to celebrate
what would have been France's second gay marriage, accusing Greens
party members of pressuring city officials to approve the union.
Marc Everbecq, the Communist mayor of Bagnolet east of Paris,
said in a statement that two men accompanied by Greens party
faithful had "put strong pressure on civil servants" to accept
their request for a marriage license.
"I condemn what looks like an unacceptable power play and I
fully support the civil servants who felt like they were being
forced to provoke the authorities," the mayor said.
"The city of Bagnolet will not perform an illegal marriage,"
Everbecq said, adding that he would alert public prosecutors and
the two men concerned that the marriage was off.
France's first gay marriage, performed in June in the southwest
town of Begles by leading Greens member Noel Mamere, was declared
null and void by a Bordeaux court in July.
Mamere was suspended from his municipal post for a month for
defying a government order to drop the wedding.
In Bagnolet, an official proclamation about the gay marriage of
Mehdi Adem and Christophe Provot was posted on city hall
billboards, but without a date for the ceremony, an AFP
Contacted by telephone, Greens officials in Bagnolet denied they
had pressured city workers to approve the marriage. – Sapa-AFP
Court nullifies France's first gay marriage [28/07/2004]