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article imageFrance Senate approves gay marriage legislation

By Ryan Donnelly     Apr 12, 2013 in Politics
The French Senate has passed legislation that will allow for same-sex marriage, with a vote of 179 to 159. The vote solidifes one of the main campaign promises made by the French Socialist President François Hollande,
The New York Times is reporting that the same-sex marriage bill will now make its way to the nation's lower house of parliament. The lower house, where the Socialist Party holds a majority of seats, has already passed the bill once and is expected accept the minor changes made by the Senate. This would mean that the bill would become French law by the beginning of the summer.
Though gay couples have been allowed to be joined by civil unions in France since 1999, the new bill will allow gay couples to be legally married. This means that same-sex couples will now enjoy all of the rights that married couples have that those in civil unions do not. Furthermore, this bill also allows gay couples to adopt children and enjoy the same parental rights that heterosexual couples have.
As various sources reported earlier, the debate over the legislation this week lead to outbreaks of violence across France directed at the nation's LGBT community. The violence resulted in the vicious beating of Wilfred de Bruijin and his partner outside of their home. The shocking photo of Bruijin's injured face became a rallying point for France's LGBT community and their supporters on the eve of the Senate's vote. The debate caused by the legislation lead to large rally's both in favor of and against the passage of the bill.
This piece of legislation means that France will now join 12 other countries, about half of which are in Europe, which have fully legalized gay marriage. Earlier this week Uruguay passed similar legislation allowing for same-sex marriage, becoming only the third nation in the Americas, along with Canada and Argentina, to legalize same-sex marriage at the national level.
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