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French court upholds gay marriage ban

The French constitutional court today upheld the country's gay marriage ban, saying it was in keeping with the constitution.

world Updated: Jan 28, 2011 15:48 IST

The French constitutional court today upheld the country's gay marriage ban, saying it was in keeping with the constitution.

The court made the ruling in response to a bid by a lesbian couple, who have four children, to marry after spending 10 years in a PACS, or civil union.

Several of France's European Union fellow member states, including Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands, have legalised homosexual marriage.