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France’s National Assembly Gives Final Approval to Marriage Equality

Jim Burroway

April 23rd, 2013

Moments ago, France’s National Assembly gave its final approval to a marriage and adoption equality bill in a 331-225 vote. Opponents are likely to appeal to the Constitutional Commission for a ruling on the bill’s constitutionality, but if that effort fails, the bill will be signed into law by President Hollande and published in the Official Journal. France will then become the fourteenth nation to provide marriage equality for its same-sex couples.

The countries which currently provide marriage equality are:

  • Netherlands (2001)
  • Belgium (2003)
  • Spain (2005)
  • Canada (2005)
  • South Africa (2006)
  • Norway (2009)
  • Sweden (2009)
  • Portugal (2010)
  • Iceland (2010)
  • Argentina (2010)
  • Denmark (2012)
  • Uruguay (2013)
  • New Zealand (2013)

Same-sex marriage is also legal in parts of Brazil, Mexico, and in nine U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and three Native American tribes.



April 23rd, 2013 | LINK

New Zealand doesn’t provide it yet. France could still beat them to the list, depending on how quickly they implement their new law.

April 25th, 2013 | LINK

The vote seems quite discouraging to appeal to the Constitutional Commission. ~60% against the proposed appeal does not bode well to make a law that would stick…

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