Tuesday, 13 December 2016 01:13

France: The Most Conservative Candidate, François Fillon, Won The Republican Primary

Written by  E-Li

 

The last round of the primaries of the French Republican party was held on November 20, and François Fillon, the most conservative candidate, was chosen.

Everyone expected a duel between former president Nicolas Sarkozy and Alain Juppé but it was finally François Fillon that was widely imposed in this Republican primary that was organized for the first time.

The problem is that Fillon has positions towards LGBTQ couples. In spite of the fact that he won't repeal the equal marriage if he is elected president in May 2017, he nevertheless wishes to amend the text, allowing full adoption for same-sex couples, recreating an inequality between straight couples who will have the right to a plenary adoption and same-sex couples who will have the right to a simple adoption.

In order to understand this, a simple adoption does not allow the child to obtain French nationality if he is not born in France; the child is regarded as the children of the biological parents with whom he keeps a bond and must also preserve the name of his family of origin, to which may be added the new name.

Plenary adoption is a normal adoption, ie there is no connection with the biological parents, adoptive parents are recognized as the new parents.

Caroline Mecary, a lesbian lawyer who defends many LGBTQ couples, is concerned about this possible disappearance of rights.

"If Francois Fillon imposes simple adoption for children raised by LGBT couples, and plenary adoption for children raised by straight couples, he creates discrimination between children according to the parents' sexual orientation, he violates the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights," she wrote on Facebook.

The French LGBTQ associations are worried too, especially when you know Fillon voted against the decriminalization of homosexuality in 1982, then opposed the Pacs (domestic partnership) and lately opposed equal marriage and adoption, describing LGBTQ couples as "dangerous to children".

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