France Approves Historic Gay Marriage Law Despite Strong Opposition

Category: Politics / Apr 23, 2013 12:38PM 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. Video Source: Reuters