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French Constitutional Court upholds same-sex marriage ban

France’s Constitutional Court upheld the nation’s same-sex marriage ban Jan.28.

It said gay and straight couples find themselves in a “different situation” that justifies differing treatment under family law.

Parliament, however, can legalize same-sex marriage if it wants to, the court said.

Polls suggest that nearly 60 percent of French people support letting same-sex couples marry.

The nation has offered civil unions for gay couples for more than a decade, but the unions lack many legal benefits of marriage.

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