Majority of French want referendum on gay marriage
A new survey has found more than two-thirds of French people would like a referendum on same-sex marriage and adoption rights.
Sixty-nine percent of respondents say they would like to see a vote on the issue.
The online survey, published in the weekly magazine Valeurs actuelles, found 86 percent of supporters of France’s major conservative party, the UMP, favoured a referendum.
Eighty-four percent of supporters for the National Front, the far-right party, would support a referendum, compared to 55 percent of left-wing voters.
The French national assembly is due to consider a bill later this month legalising same-sex marriage and the right for homosexual couples to adopt children.
The survey was conducted between 18th and 20th December using a representative sample of the French adult population.