The options for civil partners to backdate and register their partnership as a marriage in this country has created a legal issue in France.
The French requirements for an overseas marriage to be considered as valid and recognised are not met by civil partnerships that have been converted into marriage here. This leaves same sex couples who are married in a situation where they are not married in the eyes of French law, but not able to marry in France as they are not single. Obviously the impact is far reaching for affected couples hoping to live in France, especially where they have children.
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In France, legally-recognised marriages must have had a wedding ceremony with witnesses, and the marriage certificate must reflect the date of the wedding itself.This means that backdated marriages from the UK are fundamentally incompatible with French law, and French officials say they are unable to recognise them.