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french cities issue partnership certificates, 09/25/95
Further to the posting on this thread on 21 Sep., here is an update from
today's "The Guardian" (London, without explicit authorisation):
"A row is raging in France over the decision of 20 leftwing mayors to issue
gay and lesbian couples with partnership certificates modelled on those
available to homosexuals in Scandinavia.
The certificates - which are like marriage certificates without the vows -
are already issued to [unmarried] heterosexual couples in France who wish to
apply for housing, joint insurance policies, bank loans and discounts on
various forms of transport.
The mayor of Paris, Jean Tiberi, considers the certificates, issued by six
district mayors in the capital, to be illegal. 'The notion of homosexual
marriage does not exist'.
But Georges Sarre, mayor of the 11th district of Paris said: 'The mayor of
Paris issues certificates of cohabitation to heterosexual couples, even
though they are not established in law. There is no reason why homosexuals
should not receive them as well.'
The mayor of Strasbourg, Catherine Trautmann, said her city was joining the
Paris mayors and 12 rural mayors who began issuing certificates earlier this
year. - Alex Duval Smith, Paris"