Frankrike vil innføre ekteskap for homofile, og avskaffer derfor ordene «mor» og «far» fra offisielle dokumenter.

Det er ikke spøk.

The move, which has outraged Catholics, means only the word «parents» would be used in identical marriage ceremonies for all heterosexual and same-sex couples.

The draft law states that «marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender».

It says all references to «mothers and fathers» in the civil code – which enshrines French law – will be swapped for simply «parents».

The law would also give equal adoption rights to homosexual and heterosexual couples.

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told France’s Catholic newspaper La Croix: «Who is to say that a heterosexual couple will bring a child up better than a homosexual couple, that they will guarantee the best conditions for the child’s development?»

And Pope Benedict XVI invited 30 French bishops to Italy to urge them to fight against the new law.

He told them: «We have there a true challenge to take on.

«The family that is the foundation of social life is threatened in many places, following a concept of human nature that has proven defective.»

President Francois Hollande pledged in his manifesto to legalise gay marriage. The draft law will be presented to his cabinet for approval on October 31.