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Gay marriage in France: commonplace today

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of April 24, 2018) On April 23, 2013, homosexual marriage was legalized in France, and on 29 May 2013, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau were the first gay couple to marry. Five years later, according to official statistics, homosexual marriage is nothing special for the French anymore.

In 2017, the 7,000 same-sex couples in France represented about 3.07% of all newlywed couples. In the five years since legalization, 39,753 gay and lesbian couples got married, representing 3.38% of all marriages.

Marriages between lesbians accounted for about 42% in 2013, and “the proportion of marriages between two women has continued to increase since then,” the French Statistical Office (INSEE) stressed at the end of February 2018, but did not give an exact percentage for 2017.

The average age of newlyweds of the same sex was higher in 2017 than among heterosexuals: 44 for gay couples and 39.1 for lesbian couples, compared with 38.1 (men) and 35.6 (women) for heterosexuals. The Statistical Office does not provide any explanation for this.

The statistics of registered partnerships (PACS) for 2017 are not yet known, but historically they have always been slightly below the marriages. With the introduction of gay marriage and the sharp increase in same-sex marriages, the number of registered partnerships has decreased even further.

Table on same-sex marriage

Low but fairly constant share of same-sex marriages and partnerships. ©Insee

It can therefore be said that after 5 years, gay marriage has established itself, but registered partnerships are still on an equal footing as an alternative form of partnership.

“Official” same-sex partnerships are between 3 and 4% – but no figures can be given for “unofficial” couples simply living together. Depending on personal situation, place of residence, etc., many gays and lesbians still live in a hidden relationship with their respective partner.

This is also reflected in the fact that most official marriages and partnerships take place in the large urban areas. The figures are significantly lower in rural areas and overseas departments.

The Statistical Office has not yet published figures on divorces of homosexual marriages and adoptions by same-sex couples.

In any case, it can be said that no politicians are openly against gay marriage any more. A significant reason for this may well the fact that 62% of the French acknowledge the situation and no longer want to abolish gay marriage.

However, there are still enough homophobes who do not want to allow lesbian couples access to artificial insemination.

Frank-S / MensGo

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