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France becomes 14th country to legalize gay marriage

France’s lower house National Assembly adopted a bill legalising same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples. The law was adopted by a vote of 331 to 225. France, follows 13 others including Canada, Denmark, Sweden and most recently Uruguay and New Zealand in letting same-sex couples tie the knot.

France 24 reports:

French lawmakers on Tuesday extended marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples, making France the 14th country in the world to legalise gay marriage. The 331 to 225 vote was preceded by months of bitter ?and sometimes violent? exchanges on the subject in parliament and in the streets.

The National Assembly first passed the so-called ?Marriage for All? law in February. It had to give it a second and final reading on Tuesday, after the upper-house Senate approved the same bill with some amendments on April 12.

The landmark legislation was greeted by wild cheering from some and boos by others gathered outside the National Assembly. Opponents were scheduled to converge outside the building to protest the reform at 7pm, as they have been doing for the past several days.

?I hope people across the country will celebrate this moment,? said Martin Gaillard, a 31-year-old advocate of gay marriage, who admitted feeling stressed during the past weeks because of all the attention garnered by the law?s detractors.

?This remains a joyous day,? added Gaillard, whose ?Projet Entourage LGBT? has sought to build support for gay marriage on the Internet for over two years.

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