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French Senate Gives Final Approval to Gay Marriage and Adoption

The French Senate voted Friday to adopt a bill legalizing same-sex marriage and giving gay couples the right to adopt, News24 reports:

TaubiraThe vote, by a show of hands, puts the bill on track to become law after technical second readings in both houses.

Senators had on Wednesday approved the crucial first article of the bill granting gay couples the right to marry and to adopt, by a vote of 179 to 157.

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira (pictured) hailed the Senate vote, saying it had strengthened French society "by granting the simple recognition of full citizenship to homosexual couples".

The bill came under vehement attack in a country that is officially secular but predominantly Catholic, mobilising hundreds of thousands of people in pro- and anti-gay marriage protests nationwide.

The WSJ adds: "The bill will formally become law in the coming months, once Parliament has reviewed a number of minor, technical amendments. The vote delivers a key electoral pledge of Mr. Hollande at a time when his popularity is at record lows and the Socialist majority is struggling to contain a tax-fraud scandal involving a former budget minister."

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  1. Merveilleux!! Je suis tres content...J'ai eu peur que la loi ne serai pas adopté!

    Posted by: lucas | Apr 12, 2013 10:55:13 AM


  2. Just in: The bill will go straight back to the National Assembly on Wednesday for the final vote.

    As of Wednesday, we will be able to get married in Paris :-)

    Posted by: ct | Apr 12, 2013 11:07:30 AM


  3. What a beautiful country and a beautiful people !
    The Edict of Nantes returns !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 12, 2013 11:10:46 AM


  4. Oui, oui, vive le France! So, once again, the US is a lagard on the world stage in terms of GLBT civil rights. Shame, shame.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Apr 12, 2013 11:12:42 AM


  5. Yea!!!! Through all the horrendous anti-gay events and the tragic hate crime rise in France, equality is going to happen in the country. Great to see, about to be #13 :)

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 12, 2013 11:24:32 AM


  6. Soon, my marriage celebrated in Connecticut will be recognized in France (I'm both American and French). Yet, I'm sad that my husband and I are still considered strangers where we live in MN and at the Federal level.
    I HATE DOMA!

    Posted by: Luke | Apr 12, 2013 11:27:04 AM


  7. Vive la France!

    Posted by: Phil | Apr 12, 2013 12:25:47 PM


  8. Christine Taubira is my hero. If you can speak French, you know that her speeches on the issue have been persuasive, cool, and rational. She is a class act.

    Posted by: gwynethcornrow | Apr 12, 2013 12:38:08 PM


  9. Interesting news that the government has accelerated the pace of a vote by several weeks to schedule it next week. It is not *guaranteed* it will vote the exact same text as the Senate - which would force another back-and-forth - but the modifications that were made to it were minor. For those who read our discussion the other night, they did modify a bit the adoption articles but not on principle (rather they clarified what last name the baby should have and things of that nature ... nothing earth-shattering).
    Anyway very amusing to see the opponents cry foul because they had scheduled their next big demonstration for May 26th which means it may be completely moot by that time. HA!

    In more angering news, Christine Boutin, the Catholic-infused former députée who has been for 15 years the political face of anti-gay-rights activism (she was the infamous one who brandished a Bible during the PACS debates in 1999 but even she is out of the Assembly now she is still well-known enough to be a public face of the movement still) published a tweet saying she was going to take a list of the "dissidents" (aka right-wing Senators who voted aye) and asking her followers "what color the star she is going to make them wear should be". Yep. Yep. Yep. Classy. Classy!

    Posted by: titbug | Apr 12, 2013 12:40:43 PM


  10. Interesting news that the government has accelerated the pace of a vote by several weeks to schedule it next week. It is not *guaranteed* it will vote the exact same text as the Senate - which would force another back-and-forth - but the modifications that were made to it were minor. For those who read our discussion the other night, they did modify a bit the adoption articles but not on principle (rather they clarified what last name the baby should have and things of that nature ... nothing earth-shattering).
    Anyway very amusing to see the opponents cry foul because they had scheduled their next big demonstration for May 26th which means it may be completely moot by that time. HA!

    In more angering news, Christine Boutin, the Catholic-infused former députée who has been for 15 years the political face of anti-gay-rights activism (she was the infamous one who brandished a Bible during the PACS debates in 1999 but even she is out of the Assembly now she is still well-known enough to be a public face of the movement still) published a tweet saying she was going to take a list of the "dissidents" (aka right-wing Senators who voted aye) and asking her followers "what color the star she is going to make them wear should be". Yep. Yep. Yep. Classy. Classy!

    Posted by: titbug | Apr 12, 2013 12:40:45 PM


  11. Why did it post double? I clicked once! Urgh

    Posted by: titbug | Apr 12, 2013 12:41:32 PM


  12. "What a beautiful country and a beautiful people !
    The Edict of Nantes returns !"

    Do you REALLY like the French, JackFknTwist, or do you just like the fact that they have been the historical enemies of the English and any enemy of England is a friend of Ireland, in your view of things? I suspect the latter, but whatever.

    "Oui, oui, vive le France! So, once again, the US is a lagard on the world stage in terms of GLBT civil rights. Shame, shame"

    One could get married in New York or Boston before one could in Paris. And the entire concept of same-sex marriage was originated in the US, as was the concept of gay rights, in general.....

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 12, 2013 12:45:12 PM


  13. Also, America was the first country in the world to stop slavery and promote the rights of oppressed minorities. For years slaves were escaping from Canada, South to freedom in America.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 12, 2013 12:49:37 PM


  14. Needless to say, the comment beginning "Also, America...." is from Kiwi, acting as an impostor, not from me, the real Rick. The first comment from Rick is, in fact, mine.

    I will add that the only reason Canada did not have slavery is because the climate did not lend itself to the kind of plantation agriculture that would have made it valuable. The English who settled Canada were and are no more "enlightened" than the English who settled the Deep South or Barbados or the French who settled Haiti or the Portuguese who settled Brazil.....all of whom practiced slavery.

    But I am sure that will not prevent the usual self-righteous Canadians from congratulating themselves on their imagined moral superiority.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 12, 2013 1:00:48 PM


  15. Rick you are uneducated. Firstly the British outlawed slavery in the 1830's by an act of Parliament, no guns needed to be fired...Almost three decades before the U.S. had to fight a bloody war to end it. Also the British Colonies did not then create a two tier system of law like the Jim Crow South did, after it freed it slaves. So now I know that you are an uneducated troll...Secondly, comparing French Laws to American Laws, is really silly considering that two countries have vastly different forms of government and means of enacting laws. Neither gay couples in Boston nor New York can enjoy even one federal benefit...As the good Justice Ginsburg said, with DOMA those marriages are "skim milk" marriages. The Law enacted in France gives all the rights of marriage, no "skim milk"! But as I said, the legislative systems are very different.

    Posted by: lucas | Apr 12, 2013 1:05:23 PM


  16. Rick, take your crazy Sybil-delusions elsewhere. Whatever you're supposed to be on, it's not working.

    But hey, keep on posting like the faceless coward that you are. Way to make your daddy proud!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 12, 2013 1:07:36 PM


  17. Frigide Barjot's reaction to the accelerated pace: "If Hollande wants blood, he is going to get some! We live in a dictature!"
    Someone really needs to be on meds.

    Posted by: titbug | Apr 12, 2013 1:09:35 PM


  18. Marriages in France are a Federal matter, in the U.S. it is left to the states. I completely disagree with this, because as we see, some American state are yet to enter the 19th century, much less the 20th century. Of course, we can debate whether a more centralized government, or a less centralized government is better for a thousand years.

    Posted by: lucas | Apr 12, 2013 1:10:24 PM


  19. Just a slight correction because semantics matter. France is not a "federal" state. So it is not a "federal matter", rather just national centralized policy.
    It is not that they chose to make it a central matter ... it is just that there is no federal system in the first place. We may argue for or against leaving marriage to the states here but there is a history and institutional arrangement behind it in the US that just is not relevant to the French case.

    Posted by: titbug | Apr 12, 2013 1:15:35 PM


  20. "Firstly the British outlawed slavery in the 1830's by an act of Parliament, no guns needed to be fired"

    Bwahaha. Right, because there was no longer any money to be made from the slave trade, since the reproduction of slaves in North America and elsewhere made importation an unprofitable activity...

    "Almost three decades before the U.S. had to fight a bloody war to end it."

    Bwahaha. Britain was firmly on the side of the Confederacy, supplied it with arms and other goods, and even considered intervening militarily, until events in Europe made that impractical. Read the history books.


    "Also the British Colonies did not then create a two tier system of law like the Jim Crow South did, after it freed it slaves"

    Because almost no blacks lived in them, so what would have been the point. The British did, however, do a bang-up job of setting up the apartheid system in South Africa and "Rhodesia" in the 20th century....and of confiscating land from native Africans in Kenya and elsewhere....by the use of force.....and legitimized these actions on the basis of notions of racial superiority.

    Still wanna play?

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 12, 2013 1:19:30 PM


  21. To titbug...of course I understand this, I was just trying to put it in a context that Americans could understand. As I said above the two systems are extremely different and therefore comparing laws is kinda useless.

    Posted by: lucas | Apr 12, 2013 1:20:39 PM


  22. America lets gays serve in the military and Canada doesn't. FACT.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 12, 2013 1:23:54 PM


  23. @ "Read the history books."

    No.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 12, 2013 1:23:59 PM


  24. Rick you provincial fool...The Bahamas..Jamaica...Trinidad and Tobago...St Vincent and the Grenadines...etc. etc. etc. I also think the White Dutch/Boers of South Africa had a little bit to do with the perpetuation of Apartheid...just saying...

    Posted by: lucas | Apr 12, 2013 2:06:53 PM


  25. Certainly the British were no saints, but I must say when it comes to trans-Atlantic slavery and the treatment of former slaves only the Brazilians were worse than the U.S. I am just trying to get you (Rick) to put away your delusions that America has ever been a font of Justice, there is not one single civil rights issue, where America was out front, be it the emancipation of African slaves, female suffrage...or gay rights. Perhaps one can say that religious freedom...however, not really...Or did you buy into the bullsh*t Reagan spewed about a shining city on a hill? Americans tell themselves these stories to make themselves feel better, so if it helps have at it.

    Posted by: lucas | Apr 12, 2013 2:16:52 PM


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