French Mayor Faces Fine For Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Marriage

Jean-Michel Colo, Mayor of Arcangues

A French mayor is challenging the country’s new marriage equality law by refusing to officiate same-sex marriages. According to Jean-Michel Colo, mayor of Arcangues, marriage equality is a “big lie” that he won’t participate in:

COLO: When people close the door at home, they do what they want. For me, marriage is for a woman and man to have children. I am not discriminating as a same-sex couple is sterile. It’s a parody of equality, it’s a big lie.

Unfortunately for Colo, he does not determine the nation’s laws, which now grant same-sex couples the right to a marriage license. As an elected official, it is his obligation to avail them of that right. According to Interior Minister Manuel Valls, he could face “significant sanctions” for refusing to obey the law, including up to three years in jail and a €45,000 fine. The Committee to Defend Gay Rights has promised to report Colo for discrimination if he follows through on his protest of the law.