PARIS (AP) — Gay marriage and adoption are in the spotlight in France as the Catholic Church is using a religious holiday to urge politicians to protect heterosexual traditions.
Socialist President Francois Hollande has said he wants a law allowing gay marriage and adoption next year.
While polls suggest most French are in favor, this is a traditionally Catholic country. For Wednesday's Assumption holiday, the French bishops' conference asked priests to read a prayer calling on politicians to follow "their conscience" and resist requests by special interests, and stressing the importance of "the love of a father and a mother."
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