QUEERTY – France Becomes 14th Nation to Legalize Gay Marriage

France Becomes 14th Nation to Legalize Gay Marriage

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Break out the baguettes, kids, we’ve got another country on board! Today, France became the ninth county in Europe and the 14th nation overall to

legalize same-sex marriage.
The bill passed the lower house of the National Assembly where the ruling Socialist Party and its allies voted 331-225 to give same-sex couples the legal right to marry and adopt children.
The bill

 

 

now has to be signed by President Francois Hollande, who gave his formal approval last November.
France’s justice minister, Christiane Taubira, said the first gay weddings could take place as early as June.
The vote follows months of division in the country, marked by violence and protests. Ahead of the vote, thousands of police mobilized in preparation for dueling protests around the National Assembly while on Twitter the hashtag, “homosexuals must be killed” became

popular.
France is the third country just this month to legalize gay marriage after Uruguay and New Zealand. Next stop: merry olde England!
BY: LESTER BRATHWAITE
ON: APR 23, 2013


 

 

QUEERTY – More Than 100,000 March For Marriage Equality In Paris

More Than 100,000 March For Marriage Equality In Paris

On Sunday, an estimated 125,000 LGBT-rights advocates gathered in Paris to show support for a marriage-equality measure coming up for debate in parliament on Monday. They were joined by Bertrand Delanoë, the openly gay mayor of Paris, HRC’s Brian Ellner and First Lady Valerie Trierweiler.
French President Francois Hollande has promised to bring same-sex marriage and adoption rights to the country, sparking demonstrations on both sides: Earlier this month, hundreds of thousands of anti-equality activists amassed at the Eiffel Tower.
Nicolas Gougain of the group Inter-LGBT described those protestors as being “largely driven by fear and doubt—something which the opposition is good at aggravating.”
Public demonstrations notwithstanding, actual support for marriage and adoption equality is at an all-time high in France: A recent poll reveals 63% of citizens support giving equal status to gay couples. (Adoption rights lag a little, with 49% approving.)
BY: DAN AVERY
ON: JAN 27, 2013
TAGGED: EQUAL MARRIAGE, FRANCE, PARIS, PROTEST