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French government to introduce bill to legalize same-sex marriage

Monday, August 27, 2012

The French government is expected to introduce legislation in October that would legalize same-sex marriage, a move that would bring France in line with several European countries and fulfill an campaign promise by President François Hollande.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, had previously announced in the French Parliament that gay and lesbian couples would be permitted to marry and adopt children by 2013.

“In October, we will send a bill to the National Assembly and the Senate to allow same-sex couples to marry,” Ayrault said Saturday, in an address to Socialist Party members at their annual gathering. “It would also allow them to form families and adopt children.”

Once introduced, the bill will be debated in France’s two houses of Parliament, which are both controlled by Hollande’s Socialist Party.

Should the Parliament approve the bill, France would join countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Spain in allowing gay marriage.

In the late 1990s, France was one of the first countries to permit same-sex civil partnerships, which gave the principal rights and obligations of marriage except for adoption.

According to several polls, a majority of French people approve same-sex marriage, although the majority support for adoption is thinner.

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18 more reader comments:

  1. Maybe the U.S. will follow the French. If not, might as well take down the statue of liberty being that it was a gift from the French.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 9:50am
  2. Hope it passes.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 9:52am
  3. :D This is AWESOME!

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 9:52am
  4. Have you noticed the eerie similarity of Katrina and Issac? Both hurricanes hit, or are predicted to hit New Orleans on Aug 29 – the first day of the weeklong GAY MARDI GRAS Festival.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:01am
  5. Must be the Government. A CONSPIRACY, I SAY.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:03am
  6. Liz, it’s sad that you’re willing to waste so much time being hateful to others based on difference. Marriage equality should be a reality. Kudos to France- hope US will be next.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:11am
  7. It’s about time.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:15am
  8. clearly even hurricanes want to attend the Gay Mardis Gras.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:32am
  9. of course….France is the country of ‘love’ ;) lol,. But no, that’s great that France is working hard for all their citizens.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 11:08am
  10. Sacre bleu!

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 12:00pm
  11. Good

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 12:15pm
  12. Good

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 12:15pm
  13. Is it sad that OTHER nations are making the mark on this “issue” when America is like “NO!!! THE CHRISTIAN’S SAY NO! WE HAVE TO LISTEN TO THEM” or is it just me?

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 12:36pm
  14. Love yoy all xxxxxxxxx

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 1:42pm
  15. Woo!

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 9:05pm
  16. i knew i loved france for a reason

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 11:04pm
  17. Paris is the most dainty city in the world.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 11:55pm
  18. It’s about time !

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 6:34am