France Clears Another Hurdle in Marriage Equality

Marriage equality has nearly arrived in France!

This past Tuesday, a bill that would legalize both marriage and adoption for same-sex couples passed through the lower parliament (the National Assembly) by a vote of 329 to 229.

The bill must now pass through the Senate, where the final decision will be made on April 2. Despite much public opposition and controversy over the legislation, the measure is considered likely to pass, thanks to the Socialist majority in both houses of the French parliament.

When Socialist President François Hollande was running for office, he vowed to fight for LGBT rights. If this bill succeeds, it will be the biggest political victory for the French LGBT community since 1999, when a previous Socialist government voted to legalize civil unions. Vive la France!

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