Wednesday, April 10, 2013

French Senate passes the Article of Same-sex Marriage Bill

On Tuesday night, French Senate passed the most important article of same-sex marriage bill, that means marriage equality is legal in France. 

After ten hours of intense debate, the French Senate voted 179 to 157 in favor of the article allowing same-sex couples to wed. This article assures the legalization of gay marriage in the country. 

But this law will only go into effect once the Senate approves all of its component parts. It will take several weeks to pass all the law yet. One article still pending approval would allow gay married couples to adopt too.

In any case, France is the 12th country in the world where gay people can wed as heterosexual people do. The others countries are Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Canada, Argentina and South Africa.

I hope UK, New Zealand, Uruguay and other countries follow in the footsteps of France. Hopefully this could also influence in the U.S. Suprem Court.

Félicitations à France!

One of the demonstrations in favour of equal marriage in Paris

French Senate
French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira

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