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France's Parliament Approves Key Article in Marriage Equality Bill

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The French National Assembly has overwhelmingly approved the first and most important article in a bill that would bring marriage equality and allow gay people to adopt children in France. The article approved today centers on marriage.

According to the BBC, "Deputies voted 249-97 in favour of Article One of the draft law, which redefines marriage as being a contract between two people rather than necessarily between a man and a woman."

President Francois Hollande's bill has now overcome it's biggest hurdle and is predicted to pass. The Parliamentary debates, which began several days ago, will continue through next week before a final vote scheduled for February 12.

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  1. French news agencies report same sex marriage may become law just in time for Valentines Day....how romantic....how very French

    France's Lady Liberty must be smiling today in New York's upper bay

    Posted by: shanestud | Feb 2, 2013 1:54:59 PM


  2. They can't pass this soon enough!

    Posted by: Good! | Feb 2, 2013 2:11:36 PM


  3. YAY for France!
    I hope the UK ...Uruguay and Colombia join the list of countries with marriage equality in the upcoming months as well.

    Posted by: George F | Feb 2, 2013 2:51:48 PM


  4. 2/2 "Liberal" France. Thousands protest "Opponents to government plans to legalize same-sex marriage, adoption and medically-assisted procreation for same-sex couples, shout slogans during a demonstration, in Marseille, southern France. MSNBC

    Posted by: GB | Feb 2, 2013 3:19:08 PM


  5. Screw you Brian Brown.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Feb 2, 2013 3:26:49 PM


  6. Sorry for double post, but I'm sure Brian Brown isn't looking so smug now.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Feb 2, 2013 3:29:47 PM


  7. @ SYLVATICA
    NOM's Brian Brown flew over to Paris and sent back breathless video reports of the "hundreds of thousands" of French demonstrating in Paris against same-sex marriage. He was giddy with excitement. Brian and Maggie are most likely not uncorking bottles of French champagne with this news. A 249-97 vote is overwhelming and shows that their legislators are not intimidated by orchestrated religious demonstrations. There is a real separation between Church and State in France!

    Posted by: shanestud | Feb 2, 2013 3:40:47 PM


  8. This news makes me so damn happy!

    Posted by: Tyler | Feb 2, 2013 3:58:37 PM


  9. FYI, France's whole parliament has not yet voted to legalize gay marriage, just the National Assembly. The Senate has yet to vote on the bill.

    Posted by: Michael | Feb 2, 2013 4:02:48 PM


  10. Gay blogs thrive on raising unreal expectations. It needs to stop.

    This won't be a done deal until April or May at the earliest. The Assembly's final vote is on Feb 12. Then it has to go to the Senate and if the Senate wants to change anything it has to go back to the Assembly, and so forth.

    Meanwhile the Vatican and the right wing know that France and the UK are the most influential countries in the region, so they're going to spare no expense stirring up as much loud public resistance as possible. They're going to try to exploit every ounce of homophobia that still exists in these country. It's going to be ugly.

    Posted by: candide001 | Feb 2, 2013 4:44:28 PM


  11. Politics is ugly. Socialist prime minister said all this is "deja vu" when they tried to legalize civil union. He never said it is easy. But they have been in power before and are experienced politicians. No one can say they are just some pushovers. The reality is the noisy opposition simply doesn't have the votes. What can the Catholic Church do? Start another revolution?

    Posted by: simon | Feb 2, 2013 5:59:36 PM


  12. There is simply no good argument against gay marriage. Vive la France!

    Posted by: ty | Feb 2, 2013 6:14:42 PM


  13. Vive la France! Vive la similarite!

    Posted by: Douglas | Feb 3, 2013 12:03:06 AM


  14. Since the Socialists and allies have majorities in both houses the passage of the Bill as proposed is very likely unless there are major defections by the left which is almost impossible. Most of the right never bothered to turn up.

    In the UK it looks likely to pass the commons easily but who knows about the house of Lords. We will see.

    Posted by: Keith | Feb 3, 2013 1:46:18 AM


  15. Feb. 14 is not at all realistic. The bill's sponsor, Mr. Erwann Binet, has said that he expects the law to pass in May. Late April* is the earliest projection I have seen before reading the BBC report, which I believe to be in error. [*cf. last paragraph in this article: http://yagg.com/2013/01/29/le-mariage-pour-tous-en-debat-a-lassemblee-nationale/]

    Posted by: Coxygru | Feb 3, 2013 8:56:41 AM


  16. Hallelujah! Hopefully France, Britain, New Zealand, and Uruguay will all legalize marriage this year. France will be the largest country with full equality if it legalizes marriage (South Africa is currently the largest).

    Posted by: DB | Feb 4, 2013 1:59:56 PM


  17. They should explain why. More importantly, they should show employees how their daily work contributes to companywide growth.

    Posted by: paper writing | Feb 6, 2013 2:17:49 PM


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