French President Francois Hollande met with local religious leaders, including the country’s chief rabbi, Gilles Bernheim, to hear their views on same-sex marriages. Tuesday’s meeting at the Elysee Palace, the official presidential residence, was held days before a planned demonstration against a draft law unveiled in November by France’s Socialist government that would allow gay marriage. At the “informal” meeting, Hollande did not comment directly on the concerns expressed by the religious leaders about the draft law, according to Le Figaro. He is quoted as telling the guests that he “heard with utmost respect the opinions coming from religious denominations,” that the reform he is planning to lead “concerns only civil marriage” and that it has been approved in a democratic manner. French officials have said they want to adjust the law to allow single-sex marriage by June.
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