France Considers Removing “Mother” and “Father” from Civil Code; the Move Signals a Storm on the Horizon, says Faith-based Website

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Individuals, churches, and states need to come to a conclusion on the definition of marriage in order to stay “relevant,” says faith-based website, followme.org.

In order to stay relevant, concerned organizations cannot afford to remain silent on this issue. This is a tremendous opportunity for reconciliation and for healing in a conflict that has raged for years.

The debate over the definition of marriage provides an opportunity for community organizations to sow seeds of reconciliation, says faith-based website, followme.org.

That statement came today as French lawmakers moved one step closer to legalizing gay marriage in that nation, according to the London Telegraph.

Yesterday, French legislators continued work on a comprehensive law that legalizes gay marriage in that country, and the latest addendum would remove all instances of “mother” and “father” from all official French documents, according to a Monday Telegraph report.

The proposed legislation would replace all instances of “mother” and “father” with the gender-neutral term, “parents.” This proposed change would affect the entire French civil code, the corpus that governs private law in that country, the Telegraph reported on Monday.

In France, same-sex and heterosexual civil unions have been legal since 1999, according to Reuters. This provision, however, limited the rights and benefits afforded to couples in those relationships. The new law would do away with legal distinctions between heterosexual and homosexual couples in France by, among other things, equalizing adoption rights for homosexual and heterosexual couples, the Telegraph reported.

The draft law articulates that “marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender,” according to the Telegraph. The law is the culmination of President Francois Hollande’s campaign promise to legalize gay marriage in France.

On the American side of the Atlantic, the move toward marriage equality presses on. As of this month, six American states have legalized same-sex marriage, with Washington, D.C., also recognizing same-sex marriages. So what does the proposed French law mean for the American move toward legalizing gay marriage?

Followme.org, a faith-based website that provides resources on relationships, marriage, and divorce, argues that Americans must come to a conclusion on the definition of marriage.

“Conflict surrounding legalizing gay marriage continues to ignite churches and communities, and concerned citizens need to decide where they stand. France must decide this month, but America’s time is coming soon, too,” Pastor Jamie of followme.org said.

“In order to stay relevant, concerned organizations cannot afford to remain silent on this issue. This is a tremendous opportunity for reconciliation and for healing in a conflict that has raged for years,” he said. For more information, visit http://www.followme.org.

France will be forced to address the conflict when the proposed legislation is presented to Hollande’s cabinet on October 31, according to the London Telegraph.

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