Marriage Equality Approved in France in 331-225 Assembly Vote

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The French National Assembly has made a final vote approving marriage equality in a 331-225 vote!

The vote went down shortly after a protest in the gallery. The Speaker ordered "get these enemies of democracy outside parliament!"

France joins New Zealand, Uruguay, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, and Denmark as the 14th nation to offer its citizens nationwide marriage equality.

Brazil, Mexico, and of course, the U.S. offer it in parts of the country.

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  1. ÉGALITÉ! ÉGALITÉ! ÉGALITÉ! ÉGALITÉ! ÉGALITÉ! so proud of my country despite the displays and acts of homophobia!

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Apr 23, 2013 11:14:16 AM


  2. Overcome with emotion by the chants of Égalité!

    Posted by: cg | Apr 23, 2013 11:17:40 AM


  3. Whats that sound ? Oh thats just Brian Brown sobbing in a corner !

    Posted by: MAP | Apr 23, 2013 11:17:56 AM


  4. Well done, Mme. Taubira.

    Posted by: gwynethcornrow | Apr 23, 2013 11:22:43 AM


  5. Thank you, FRANCE. Welcome to the club!!!!! Let's hope the US is next...and many more countries to follow!

    Posted by: Ayumi | Apr 23, 2013 11:23:27 AM


  6. Trés fier d'être Argentin et Français! Muy orgulloso de ser argentino y francés! So proud of being argentinian and french!

    Posted by: Juan Cruz | Apr 23, 2013 11:28:11 AM


  7. Juan, get married soon and a lot, for all of us that still cannot! :)

    Posted by: topher | Apr 23, 2013 11:30:00 AM


  8. Awesome!!! The land of liberty is finally living up to its name. In spite of all the religious hatred. Proud day.

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 23, 2013 11:32:23 AM


  9. Vive la France!

    Posted by: Chaszle | Apr 23, 2013 11:34:01 AM


  10. Of course, even in the parts of the us where we can get married, there is ZERO federal recognition

    In the meantime,
    Let's all practice our French :)

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Apr 23, 2013 11:45:14 AM


  11. Vive la France!!!

    Posted by: Androjai | Apr 23, 2013 11:47:07 AM


  12. "Get these enemies of democracy outside parliament!"

    Wow! I got a case of the warm-tinglies when I read that. Hooray for France!

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Apr 23, 2013 11:50:29 AM


  13. I don't think it's fair to say that "in parts of the US, there is marriage equality". There is no marriage equality in the US, even in the states that allow it. The US is a federal system that bases its Constitution on the separation of state sovereignty and federal sovereignty and the comminglings of the two (and the separation of powers doctrine, of course). Notwithstanding, even if you are married in a state that "allows" it, you are not married federally, are denied the benefits, and based on the history of California, that can simply be overturned with a statewide referendum! I find it unnecessary and wrong to include the US in any sort of marriage equality discussion. Until DOMA is struck down, this country has zero marriage equality in my opinion.

    Posted by: guynyc | Apr 23, 2013 11:58:39 AM


  14. Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Apr 23, 2013 12:07:01 PM


  15. @ guynyc
    I agree With you 100%.

    Posted by: nn | Apr 23, 2013 12:16:45 PM


  16. SCOTUS--are you listening?

    Posted by: Clayton | Apr 23, 2013 12:22:17 PM


  17. Ok, revised plan: Wedding in Paree, honeymoon back home in California. And I guess friends can come to, uh, the honeymoon. We'll have a lennonono-esque bed-in one day.

    Even if that doesn't pan out, my fond congrats to France and happiness for all its citizens!

    Posted by: Zlick | Apr 23, 2013 12:27:58 PM


  18. Encapsulated by the statement, "Get these enemies of democracy and equality out of Parliament!"...

    ..next stop, The United Kingdom!

    Cameron hurry up and join the Civilized World!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Apr 23, 2013 12:37:01 PM


  19. guynyc,

    i came to the comments section to say exactly that. no matter where in the US a married same-sex couple lives, we are *still* without the 1,049 federal rights granted to opposite-sex marriage!

    Posted by: redball | Apr 23, 2013 12:38:29 PM


  20. google it if ya don't know. it's 1,049 federal marriage rights that we are refused! too many people don't know this--or fail to mention it.

    Posted by: redball | Apr 23, 2013 12:39:42 PM


  21. "I find it unnecessary and wrong to include the US in any sort of marriage equality discussion."

    This kind of attitude is so tiresome. I don't know whether it is bitter Americans or America-hating foreigners who make these kinds of comments, but they are very short-sighted.

    The concept of same-sex marriage originated in the US. Massachusetts became only the second jurisdiction in the entire world to legalize it (after the Netherlands), when it did so.

    The US is different from all other Western countries in that it delegates many, many powers to individual states, including laws regulating marriage, that other countries do not. That arrangement is a product of our unique history and culture and most Americans want to keep it that way, even as frustrating as it can be a times.

    If the same system existed in most Western European countries or in Canada, you would NOT see universal marriage equality in those countries. None of the prairie provinces in Canada, for example, would be likely to legalize it.....and neither would many more conservative regions of other countries.

    Mexico City is the ONLY jurisdiction in Mexico to legalize same-sex marriage....and that is for a reason, namely that it would have no chance of passage anywhere else in the country. Ditto for Brazil, where only the urbanized, "whiter" states in the South have legalized it, while the "blacker" states in the North and Northeast have not and probably won't for a very long time, if ever. Even in Argentina, Buenos Aires basically imposed its views on the rest of the country, when it legalized same-sex marriage--it would not pass in any other province, if it were left to the provinces rather than to the national government.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 23, 2013 12:54:31 PM


  22. woohoo! so proud of my country! I wish to be soon able to say the same about the US!

    Posted by: Kylian | Apr 23, 2013 12:58:17 PM


  23. Awesome! In spite of the recent wave of homophobic attacks in France, I'm glad that equality has prevailed!

    Posted by: MuscleModelBlog.com | Apr 23, 2013 1:02:10 PM


  24. Maybe the idea of marriage equality originated in the US (although the Netherlands may disagree) it's not like we've done a good job of implementing it.

    Even in states where same sex couples are married the viciously bigoted Clinton-signed DOMA ensure that those couples are denied over 1000 federal benefits.

    The USA has nothing to be proud of here.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 23, 2013 1:02:59 PM


  25. Rick- right or wrong you suck the joy out of absolutely everything!! Your attitude is tiresome.

    Posted by: nefter | Apr 23, 2013 1:04:34 PM


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