Same-sex marriage is now legal in France, but the protests are continuing. Still, a French mayor refusing to marry same-sex couples.
Jean-Michel Colo is the mayor of Arcangues, a commune in the South of France, and he’s facing a fine and jail time for refusing to marry a same-sex couple.
“When people close the door at home, they do what they want,” Colo told France Television. “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.”
According to the Huffington Post, the fine could be up to 75,000 euros—close to $99,000—if he’s convicted of discrimination.
Guy Martineau-Espel and his fiancé Jean-Michel Martin were the couple that got rejected by the mayor. The two didn’t want to bring too much attention to the incident and tried to compromise with Colo, who stood his ground on being uncomfortable with same-sex marriage.
Since the mayor refused the compromise, the couple will take their case to court, where Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls will handle the case; known for being pro-equality, he will more than likely rule in the couple’s favor.
There have been many mayors in France who are anti-marriage equality, but Colo is the first to take a stand against it, which is considered significant in light of the country’s recent protests.