France: as President, will Sarkozy abolish same-sex “marriage”?

As was generally expected, the local elections have ended with a desaster for François Hollande’s Socialist Party, and it now seems definitely unlikely that the President will get a second term. This raises the question whether, if Hollande’s pre-decessor Nicolas Sarkozy will also be his successor, he will abrogate the law introducing same-sex “marriage”, a.k.a “loi Taubira”, which was the most unpopular measure to have been adopted under the current President’s aegis.

It would be the first time in Europe that a country having introduced same-sex “marriage” abolishes it again. But then, it is bound to happen one day, so why not get accustomed to the thought? Same-sex “marriage” is contrary to the nature of that institution, therefore it was never going to survive for long.

Nicolas Sarkozy has stated in November 2014 that as the country’s next President, he would “re-write the ‘loi Taubira’ from top to bottom (see this link, which includes a video), which some have interpreted as meaning that he plans to abolish it. Tonight’s electoral results indicate that this expectation has not prevented the electorate from giving him a huge victory. Quite on the contrary, this may have been one of the reasons for his success.

Some supporters of same-sex “marriage” say pre-emptively that, once introduced, it cannot any more be abolished. But that is of course nonsense.  First, because the “loi Taubira” has itself abolished laws that, reflecting the natural purpos of marriage, had been in force for a much longer time, and were deeper rooted in human nature, than the fashionable absurdity of “marriages” between persons of the same sex. Secondly, because the “demand” for same-sex “marriages” is so small that, if abolished, they will not missed by hardly anyone. The question is not whether many people ae asking for same-sex “marriage”, but whether society can go on existing without a sound understanding of what marriage is, and which purposes it serves.

More interesting than the question whether same-sex “marriage” can be abolished is whether it can be abolished retroactively, i.e. with the effect of invalidating all same-sex “marriages” that have been concluded in the meantime.

La Manif pour Tous, which is the most visible of all civil society movements in France to have opposed the “loi Taubira”, has consistently claimed for the abrogation of that law – but without retroactive effect. However, this may be due to political strategy rather than to fundamental legal or moral reasons. In any case, what is important in this context is not the social entitlements that the (not very numerous) same-sex married couples may have accumulated as a result of their “marriages”, but the name and status given to their relationship, which is an obscene and insulting mockery of the real families that are building the nation’s future. Thus, a possible compromise solution would be to leave the same-sex wannabe “spouses” with their social benefits, but clarify that they are not any more to be considered as “married”.