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EU court: Same-sex couples in civil partnerships must receive equal benefits

Thursday, December 12, 2013
BRUSSELS -- The European Union's highest court has ruled that in EU countries where gay couples can't marry, they must get the same benefits as married people if they enter into civil partnerships. [ Read more → ]

France approves first spousal adoption by a same-sex couple

Friday, October 18, 2013
PARIS -- A lesbian couple in France has received approval for one wife’s two biological children to be adopted by her spouse, the first such authorized same-sex couple adoption in the country. [ Read more → ]

Court: French mayors cannot refuse to officiate same-sex marriages

Friday, October 18, 2013
PARIS -- France's constitutional court has ruled that mayors cannot refuse to carry out same-sex marriages just because they oppose them. [ Read more → ]

Paris wins bid to host 2018 Gay Games

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
PARIS -- Paris has won the bid to host the 2018 Gay Games, the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community's answer to the Olympics. [ Read more → ]

Twitter faces possible lawsuit over trending anti-gay hashtags

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A French gay rights group said on Monday it plans to file a law suit against Twitter for violating the country's hate speech laws following the emergence of the hashtag “#Gays must die,” which topped Twitter's "trending topics" over the weekend. [ Read more → ]
Anti gay marriage protestors gather during a demonstration in Paris on Sunday against French President Francois Hollande's social reform on gay marriage and adoption.Photos: Thibault Camus, AP

Same-sex marriage: A surprising contrast between Britain and France

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
LONDON — The French like to make fun of the British, joking about their repressed ways in matters of the heart. But when it came time to debate same-sex marriage, it was France that betrayed a deep conservative streak in sometimes violent protests — while the British showed themselves to be modern and tolerant. [ Read more → ]
Clement Meric

Paris police obtain video footage of gay rights activist’s murder

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
PARIS -- Investigators say they have obtained surveillance video that captured the fatal clash between skinheads and gay rights activist Clement Meric earlier this month. [ Read more → ]
Jean Michel Colo

French mayor: ‘I will go to the gallows’ rather than marry same-sex couples

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
ARCANGUES, France -- The mayor of Arcangues, a small city in southwestern France, said he refuses to officiate unions between gay couples despite passage of a national legalizing same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Clement Meric

French Prime Minister orders extreme-right group dissolved after student’s murder

Monday, June 10, 2013
PARIS -- French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Saturday directed Interior Minister Manuel Valls to take immediate steps to dissolve the extreme right group known as Revolutionary Nationalist Youth, believed to have neo-nazi ties. [ Read more → ]

Masked man disrupts French Open to protest legalization of same-sex marriage

Sunday, June 9, 2013
PARIS -- Protesters, upset by recent legislation in France allowing for same-sex marriages, disrupted the French Open tennis final on Sunday between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer. [ Read more → ]
Clement Meric

French gay rights activist killed in fight with skinheads

Thursday, June 6, 2013
PARIS -- A gay rights activist has been killed by a group of skinheads in the heart of Paris' shopping district, officials said Thursday, in an attack that has raised fears of increased far-right violence. [ Read more → ]

France’s first same-sex wedding is broadcast to nation

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
MONTPELLIER, France — In a historic ceremony broadcast live on French television, the first gay couple to marry in France said "oui" then sealed the deal with a lengthy and very public kiss. [ Read more → ]
France Gay Marriage

Tens of thousands protest in Paris against France’s gay marriage law

Sunday, May 26, 2013
PARIS — Tens of thousands of people protested against France's new gay marriage law in central Paris on Sunday. [ Read more → ]

BREAKING: French president signs marriage equality bill into law

Saturday, May 18, 2013
PARIS — French President Francois Hollande has signed a law authorizing gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, after months of nationwide protests and wrenching debate. [ Read more → ]

France’s constitutional authority rejects challenge to marriage equality law

Friday, May 17, 2013
PARIS -- France's constitutional council, the country's highest constitutional authority, on Friday rejected a challenge by conservative lawmakers to the country's new marriage equality law, saying the law is constitutional. [ Read more → ]
Anti-gay marriage activists hold smoke flares with the color of the logo of the movement during a rally to protest the new law after French lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Paris.Photo: Michel Euler, AP

French protest against passage of gay marriage bill turns violent

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
PARIS -- France legalized gay marriage on Tuesday after a wrenching national debate that exposed deep conservatism in the nation's heartland and triggered huge demonstrations that tapped into intense discontent with the Socialist government. Within hours, fiery clashes broke out between protesters and riot police. [ Read more → ]

BREAKING: France becomes 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
PARIS -- French lawmakers have legalized same-sex marriage after months of bruising debate and street protests that brought hundreds of thousands to Paris. [ Read more → ]

‘Extraordinary security’ in place as French lawmakers prepare for marriage vote

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
PARIS -- Police say legions of officers and a small battery of water cannon are at France's National Assembly as lawmakers prepare for a final vote to legalize gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Claude BartoloneSource

Gunpowder, threatening letter sent to lawmaker on day before marriage vote

Monday, April 22, 2013
PARIS -- The speaker of France’s National Assembly on Monday received an envelope filled with gunpowder and a threatening letter calling on him to delay Tuesday’s planned vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Raphaël Leclerc

Another gay man attacked in France amid tensions over marriage equality bill

Monday, April 22, 2013
NICE, France -- A gay man was attacked and beaten unconscious over the weekend in the latest anti-gay attack in France amid increasing tensions and daily protests leading up to a crucial government vote that would legalize same-sex marriage in France. [ Read more → ]
Demonstrators march during a rally to protest against France's social reform on gay marriage and adoption in Paris, Sunday, April 21, 2013. Photo: Michel Euler, AP

Protestors rally in Paris, call marriage equality bill ‘a threat to the social fabric’

Sunday, April 21, 2013
PARIS — Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to sunny Paris boulevards on Sunday to protest the expected passage this week of a bill legalizing gay marriage. One protestor called the bill "a threat to the social fabric." [ Read more → ]

Four accused of anti-gay attack in France amid tensions over marriage bill

Thursday, April 18, 2013
PARIS -- Four people have been detained on suspicion of carrying out an attack at a Paris gay bar, the Interior Ministry said Thursday, amid nationwide tensions over a bill that would legalize gay marriage. [ Read more → ]

French police arrest dozens of anti-gay activists outside National Assembly

Monday, April 15, 2013
PARIS -- French police arrested dozens of anti-gay marriage protestors on Monday after they tried to set up a campsite outside the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, in advance of next week's planned final vote on the country's marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]
Frigide Barjot

French anti-gay activist suggests violence in reaction to marriage bill

Saturday, April 13, 2013
PARIS -- Anti-gay marriage activists in France went on the attack Friday, firing off violent rhetoric following passage of a marriage equality bill in the French Senate. [ Read more → ]

France puts landmark marriage equality bill on track to become law by summer

Friday, April 12, 2013
PARIS — The French Senate voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage in France, putting a landmark bill on track to become law by summer. [ Read more → ]
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