In France, Straight Couples are Opting for Civil Unions (Passport)
While many heterosexuals in the United States are against the idea of allowing gay and lesbian couples from obtaining civil unions; in France, it seems straight people are overwhelmingly benefitting from the 1999 civil union law.
According to the New York Times: "...the attractiveness of civil unions to heterosexual couples was evident from the start. In 2000, just one year after the passage of the law, more than 75 percent of civil unions were signed between heterosexual couples. That trend has only strengthened since then: of the 173,045 civil unions signed in 2009, 95 percent were between heterosexual couples."
The stats aren't saying that gay people aren't getting "civil unioned," the percent of gay people in the French population is much smaller than the hetero population. It was just thought, when the bill was passed, that LGB people would obtain a civil union, while straights would continue to marry. Though, this proved untrue.
Complete article at Passport : http://bit.ly/fFq2aL