Category: Politics / April 23, 2013 12:38 PM EDT
France's parliament gave its final seal of approval to a historic law legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption on Tuesday (April 23), a flagship reform pledge by President Francois Hollande which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks.
The vote saw members of parliament back the government's landmark bill 331-225, approving one of the country's most significant social reforms since the abolition of the death penalty in 1981, a move which also split the nation.
The charged atmosphere in the National Assembly led to over-excited members being removed from the chamber before the announcement of the vote.
With a sturdy majority for the ruling Socialists in the French parliament, the final result was never seriously questioned but it will come as a blow to opponents of the measure who have waged a vocal campaign in recent months.
The law still has to be implemented with legal experts expecting the first weddings to take place in the early summer.
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