Marine Le Pen, France’s far-right presidential hopeful who’s currently leading in first-round polls, has pledged to end same-sex marriage.
The Front National leader made the move quietly, burying the announcement in a list of 144 pledges released last week. Coming in at number 87 is the promise to create an “improved” form of civil unions in France to “replace” the equal marriage law passed in 2013.
The changes, however, would “not be retroactive”, allowing already existing same-sex marriages to stand. But gay couples choosing to get married after the new policy comes into effect would only be able to enter into civil partnerships.
This had already been the case in France from 1999 to 2013. Known as the PACS system, it’s unclear what “improvements” a Le Pen administration would bring to it.
Le Pen also outlined plans to restrict fertility services. She intends to end assistance to same-sex couples wanting to have children.
Given the Front National’s recent move to court conservative gay voters, these developments are being met with some shock. Still, previously the party had maintained strong ties to the country’s anti-LGBT lobby.
At this point, Le Pen is not expected to succeed in May’s run-off election.