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French Senate gives final approval to marriage equality bill

Marriage equality

By Jacob Combs

The French Senate today gave final approval to a proposed bill which would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt, just two days after the chamber passed the critical section of the bill pertaining to marriage equality by the same margin.

Today’s vote, which was taken by a show of hands, sends the bill back to the National Assembly for a second reading, which many observers see as a simple technicality that will be easily overcome.

After the vote, Justice Minister Christiane Taubra, who has shepherded the bill on behalf of President Francois Hollande’s ruling Socialist party, praised the passage of the bill and said it made France stronger “by granting the simple recognition of full citizenship to homosexual couples.”

A majority of the French public supports marriage equality, according to opinion polls.  The issue of adoption by same-sex couples is much more controversial in the country, with a slim majority opposed to such rights.

1 Comment

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