DAILY CATHOLIC     WEDNESDAY     October 14, 1998     vol. 9, no. 201

from a CATHOLIC perspective

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          PARIS (CWNews.com) - France's Prime Minister Lionel Jospin said on Monday that the controversial bill to give the same legal rights to unmarried couples that married couples now enjoy will be passed despite a setback in the National Assembly last week.

          Jospin said the ruling Socialist Party will make sure that all of its deputies are present when the "civil solidarity pact" (PACS) bill is resubmitted next month. The conservative opposition took advantage of the absence of many Socialist deputies when the bill was presented last Friday and quickly pushed through a resolution to knock it off the agenda. "This time, I think a majority to pass the bill will be guaranteed. We will have lost only a few weeks," Jospin said.

          The controversial bill has been decried by opposition parties and the Catholic Church who fear it will be disrupt the fabric of society. Under the proposed law, unmarried heterosexual or homosexual couples will be able to register with the government and receive the right to file joint tax returns, receive social welfare payments, and inherit common property. The current version does not allow the couples to adopt children.

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October 14, 1998       volume 9, no. 201


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