France outlines gay marriage plans amid opposition
PARIS (AFP) - France's Socialist government on Wednesday outlines a draft bill to authorise gay marriage and adoption amid strong opposition from the Roman Catholic Church and the opposition right.
The plan will be presented to the cabinet of President Francois Hollande, who had made the issue one of his main electoral planks. Hollande has promised that the legislation will be on the statute books by mid-2013.
The liberal cornerstone of Mr Hollande's election manifesto has come under fire in a country which is officially secular but predominantly Catholic.
Muslim, Buddhist, Protestant and Jewish organisations have also signalled their opposition to the project in various ways.