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French Mayor Won't Marry Boys, But Two Girls Are OK

Claude Binaud refused to marry a gay man and his partner in Matha, France, but said he would probably marry two women, since they can have children.

A mayor in southwestern France refused to marry a gay couple Friday, defying the nation's newly enacted marriage equality law. But the mayor would consider marrying two women, reports France's English-language news source The Local.

Claude Binaud, the 77-year-old six-term mayor of Matha, reportedly told Bernard Rouhaud and his partner that he would not issue a marriage license to the couple.

"There's no doubt, I will not marry them, not two boys," Binaud told local daily paper Sud-Ouest. "I don't find [gay marriage] normal. We're touching on something central to society here — the family."

But that concern for family is apparently what led the mayor to speculate that he might marry two women, if he were forced to do so.

"Two girls, I might have said yes, if my back was against the wall," continued Binaud. "But that's totally different — they can have children."

Binaud suggested that a town councillor officiate at Rouhaud's wedding August 3, reports The Local.

But that compromise might not be good enough for national authorities, as France's interior minister, Manuel Valls, warned mayors last week that anyone refusing to marry same-sex couples will find themselves in violation of the new law, which took effect May 30. Valls was responding to reports that a mayor from another southwestern town had refused to officiate a gay couple's wedding, and noted that state officials who refuse to marry same-sex couples could face up to three years in prison and a fine of 45,000 Euros for their discriminatory practice that's at odds with nationwide law.

by Anonymousreply 1006/20/2013

Explanation doesn't work. If the criterion is that the couple be able to have children, then he must refuse heterosexual elderly couples or couples incapable of reproducing...and don't give us the Catholic Church explanation about the possibility of conception. If God wanted to perform a miracle, he could just as well impregnate a man. That would get great PR for him and get many more followers.

by Anonymousreply 106/19/2013

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by Anonymousreply 206/19/2013

Exactly R1, he simply finds it hot or sexually appealing and of course less threatening. The majority if not all males who are anti-gay likely feel the same way the mayor does. Two women are OK because it is sexually appealing to them and less threatening. It doesn't mean that they respect lesbian relationships, they don't. The thought of two women just gets them off sexually and just not a big deal to them. It's all about them.

by Anonymousreply 306/19/2013

closeted fruitcake. Doesn't he know French=fairy? Probably takes a couple of bottles of wine before he takes it up the ass.

by Anonymousreply 406/19/2013

Asshole. Some people are really weird with their logic. Gay men have kids through surrogates or adoption, or fostering.

by Anonymousreply 506/19/2013

R5 gay men can and do impregnate women the old fashioned way as well.

by Anonymousreply 606/19/2013

[quote] Claude Binaud refused to marry a gay man and his partner in Matha, France, but said he would probably marry two women, since they can have children

Will he marry straight couples who are infertile? Would he refuse to marry a woman who had previously had cancer and had a hysterectomy? Would he refuse to marry a couple where the man is paralyzed from the waist down?

by Anonymousreply 706/19/2013

R7 nope, because it's not about logic. It's about homophobia.

by Anonymousreply 806/19/2013

I must be missing something here. Two lesbians can have kids but two gay men can't adopt or have a surrogate baby mama?

I'm going with the sexually appealing idea. The French are not coming off as very nice over this whole gay thing.

by Anonymousreply 906/20/2013
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