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Mayors must conduct same-gender marriages, France's high court rules

PARIS -- France's Constitutional Court, equivalent to the U.S. Supreme Court, ruled today that mayors must conduct same-gender marriages even if they oppose them.

Seven mayors who oppose marriage equality, which is the law of the land throughout France, sued the government. They contended that they should be able to skip out of conducting same-gender marriages due to "freedom of conscience."

The high court rejected the argument of the seven mayors, issuing a five-page ruling saying that it is not unconstitutional to require public officials to officiate at all marriages in France even if they have personal or religious objections. The justices said there was no "opt-out" clause in the new law.

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