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posted Friday, February 11, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 06
International News - Rex Wockner
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

French Constitutional Court upholds same-sex marriage ban
France's Constitutional Court upheld the nation's same-sex marriage ban January 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.

German court blocks Trans sterilization requirement
Germany's Constitutional Court ruled January 28 that it is unconstitutional to require Transgender people to undergo sterilization or gender-reassignment surgery before they can be legally recognized as a member of the other sex.

The decision came in the case of a Transsexual woman who was denied the right to enter a same-sex civil partnership with her female partner.

The court said such requirements are incompatible with rights to sexual self-determination, physical integrity and privacy.

In response, Berlin's TransInterQueer called on the German government to immediately bring federal law into line with the ruling.

According to Transgender Europe, a majority of European nations have laws similar to Germany's, which the group said violates international human rights law.

Christians to appeal hotel case
A Christian couple in Cornwall, England, who were ordered by the Bristol County Court to pay more than $5,700 in damages to a Gay couple to whom they refused to rent a double room at their bed-and-breakfast likely will take their case to the Court of Appeal with backing from the Christian Institute.

Peter and Hazelmary Bull were found guilty of violating the United Kingdom's ban on sexual-orientation discrimination in public accommodations when they told civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy that they would not be allowed to sleep together.

In their defense, the Bulls claimed they apply the same policy to unmarried heterosexual couples who seek to check into their lodging.

With assistance from Bill Kelley

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