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French Marriage Equality Bill Passes Key Vote (Updated)

Jim Burroway

April 10th, 2013

The Washington Blade passes along the info:

The French Senate on Tuesday approved a proposed amendment to a same-sex marriage and adoption bill that would extend nuptials to gays and lesbians.

Le Monde reported the provision passed by a 179-157 vote margin after senators debated it for more than 10 hours — lawmakers on April 2 began to consider the same-sex marriage and adoption bill the National Assembly approved in February by a 329-229 vote margin.

…French lawmakers still need to consider the bill’s remaining provision before it receives final approval, but observers noted the same-sex marriage amendment was the most important hurdle that supporters had to overcome.

The marriage equality law is in multiple parts, and opponents of marriage equality have apparently proposed numerous amendments, according to John Avarosis. He says votes will continue to be taken on various proposals for another month or so. But the most important vote occurred today, making marriage equality a done deal sometime this summer.

Update: This AFP story says the final votes for the full bill will take place Thursday or Friday.



April 10th, 2013 | LINK

Oh I feel so bad for the catholic church, not, i mean they wasted so much time trying to convince France not to pass this. Now it goes back for one final approval and most likely in may marriage equality will be in France.

April 10th, 2013 | LINK

About time.

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