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French Senate Approves Gay Marriage and Adoption

The French Senate approved by a vote of 179 to 157, the ?Marriage Equality? bill, that would open the door for the legalization of gay adoptions and same-sex marriages.

AFP has the report:

France’s upper house Senate voted Friday to adopt a landmark bill granting homosexual couples the right to marry and adopt, after a heated debate and protests from conservatives and religious groups.

The vote, by a show of hands, puts the bill on track to become law after technical second readings in both houses.
Senators had on Wednesday approved the crucial first article of the bill granting gay couples the right to marry and to adopt, by a vote of 179 to 157.

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira hailed the Senate vote, saying it had strengthened French society “by granting the simple recognition of full citizenship to homosexual couples.”

The bill came under vehement attack in a country that is officially secular but predominantly Catholic, mobilising hundreds of thousands of people in pro- and anti-gay marriage protests nationwide.

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