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Testing needed in fake news battle: French diplomat

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Now, there is no conceivable way that same-sex marriage could be abolished in France, even if a new ruling party is elected, despite ongoing protests by conservative groups, he added.

“I am certain that some of the young people that are taken to the streets to demonstrate against same-sex marriage might have a different view when they are old enough to form their own judgement,” Croquette said.

While marriage is defined by the French civil code, the legislation of same-sex unions was a “new law” at the time of its introduction, he said, adding that there had not been a debate similar to the one in Taiwan over whether a special law or an amendment to the Civil Code should be adopted when legalizing same-sex marriage.

The law made it unequivocal to same-sex couples that they would enjoy the same rights as any other couple, he said.

Asked about ways to allow more Taiwanese to realize that marriage is a basic right, Croquette said that education — which is itself a basic right — is the key.

Taiwan needs to have teachers trained in the education of human rights, in addition to curricula designed to teach academic subjects, he said.

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