The French same-sex marriage law has passed the last hurdle to be fully legal in France.
Finally, the French Constitutional Court passed the law approved by parliament on April 23, and has dismissed the challenge launched by UMP party, the main opposition party of former president Sarkozy.
The high court has ruled that same-sex marriage "did not run contrary to any constitutional principles", nor did it infringe on "basic rights or liberties or national sovereignty".
Today, the French president François Hollande has signed the law marking the final step in legalising marriage for same-sex couples in France. His signature means the first gay marriages may be celebrated in France within about 10 days.
Now France is the 14th country of the world, the 9th in Europe, to legalize marriage equality. Such same-sex unions are legal in: the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, Uruguay and New Zealand.
|Bernard Debre, Constitutional Court's President, announcing the judgment|
|François Hollande, French President, signing the law|
|Equality is a reality finally in France|