MercatorNet has launched a new online blog on marriage entitled "Conjugality
". One of its recent posts noted comments from French President Nicholas Sarkozy about why he supports the definition of marriage remaining between a man and a woman saying "In these troubled times when our society needs benchmarks, I do not think we should blur the image of this vital social institution of marriage."
The comments were made in an interview with Newspaper Le Figaro
(The comments are republished from MercatorNet blog piece
Le Figaro: Do you support gay marriage?
I'm not in favour of it. I proposed in 2007 civil unions. We have not implemented it because we realized that it was unconstitutional to open this contract only to homosexuals. The civil union would have undermined the institution of marriage. However, I made sure that homosexuals were guaranteed the same benefits in terms of inheritance and taxation as married couples, but as part of the Pacte Civil de Solidarité
. In these troubled times when our society needs benchmarks, I do not think we should blur the image of this vital social institution of marriage.Le Figaro: And how about adoption by same-sex couples?
This is one of the reasons I am not in favour of gay marriage. It would open the door to adoption. I know there are in fact special situations with men and women who fulfil their parenting role perfectly well. But these do not lead me to think that we should enshrine in law a new definition of family.