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French President Signs Gay Marriage Into Law

Saturday May 18, 2013

PARIS -- French President Francois Hollande has signed a law authorizing gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, after months of nationwide protests and wrenching debate.

His signature means the first gay marriages may be celebrated in France within about 10 days. Hollande's office said he signed the bill Saturday morning, a day after the Constitutional Council struck down a challenge to the law.

Hollande, a Socialist, had made legalizing gay marriage one of his campaign pledges last year. While polls for years have shown majority support for gay marriage in France, adoption by same-sex couples is more controversial. The bill prompted months of widespread protests, largely by conservative and religious groups. Some were marred by clashes with police. It became a flashpoint for frustrations at the increasingly unpopular Hollande.

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  • Ciboney, 2013-05-18 14:42:13

    This is particular good news considering how disgraceful France’s process has been in the last months. France, as a country, has shown that it is so far behind Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal and other western Europeans. As a country, it behaved more like Romania or an ex-Soviet-dominated Eastern European country. Shame on a people who love to brag that they are so socially advanced!

  • , 2013-05-18 17:40:11

    ...and yet, unlike so many ’advanced’ countries, France has marriage equality in place. France has a long history of early humanistic advances, but very few were not accompanied without protest and some blood. Now, if only the USA were as sensible as Canada.

  • Ciboney, 2013-05-19 17:22:05

    "Now, if only the USA were as sensible as Canada." Or Argentina, or Uruguay, or New Zealand, or SOuth Africa, etc.

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