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 – Facebook Is Filing Marriage-Equality Amicus Brief With Supreme Court

Facebook Is Filing Marriage-Equality Amicus Brief With Supreme Court

A note on LGBTQ@Facebook reveals that the social-media giant will be filing a brief this week in opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, both of which are before the Supreme Court in March:

This week, Facebook is proudly joining hundreds of businesses in submitting briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting same-sex marriage. The briefs explain to the Court how the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 discriminate against employees in same-sex marriages and create undue burdens on companies and employees.
We’ll post links to both filings on the LGBTQ@Facebook page when they are available.
That’s a status update we can get behind!
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BY: DAN AVERY
ON: FEB 26, 2013

 

 

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