Marriage Equality Approved in France in 331-225 Assembly Vote


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.


  1. daftpunkydavid says

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

  2. Ayumi says

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

  3. Juan Cruz says

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

  4. Chris says

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

  5. rick scatorum says

    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 :)

  6. Oz in OK says

    “Get these enemies of democracy outside parliament!”

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

  7. guynyc says

    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.

  8. Zlick says

    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!

  9. BRAINS says

    Encapsulated by the statement, “Get these enemies of democracy and equality out of Parliament!”… stop, The United Kingdom!

    Cameron hurry up and join the Civilized World!

  10. redball says


    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!

  11. redball says

    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.

  12. Rick says

    “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.

  13. MaryM says

    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.

  14. nefter says

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

  15. nn says

    yes!! As long as the government In US does not look at same sex marriage as equal to straight marriage under federal law (even in states that have marriage equality) then they look at you as a single – and that’s a problem, when it comes to the rights and obligations of a marriage. it is as simple as that! So Yeah ,UsS is way behind a lot of other country and it is time they do someting about the differences they see marriage.

  16. says

    I’m glad France rose above the ugly protests to do the right thing. And, despite the ugly protests, people adapt quickly to equality because it’s irrational not to, and all but the true homophobes will recognize that equality really isn’t a big deal.

    There is no true marriage equality in the U.S. because of DOMA. That’s just fact, and to state that fact takes nothing away from the progressive states like my own who have enacted as much equality as they can. Unfortunately, too many people believe that the work is finished in states with equality and that all marriages are equal within those states, which is false.

  17. jpeckjr says

    @Ernie. With you on the DOMA point. But I don’t know anyone who believes the work is finished. There are 42 other states to work on, and DOMA is not yet repealed or overturned. Every victory for equality in the US is worth celebrating, but there are no laurels to rest on yet.

  18. says

    @jpeckjr: Unfortunately I come across people (mostly not gay people but, rather, straight people who consider themselves allies) all the time in VT who have no idea that married gay couples in VT have lesser rights than married straight couples. They aren’t paying close enough attention to make the distinction and may not understand what DOMA means. That’s why it’s important–as people have done on this thread–to remind everyone that there is no such thing as marriage equality in the U.S. until DOMA falls and the absurd patchwork of rights is eliminated.

  19. Mawm says

    Rick, do you have any real friends? Every time I venture into the comment sections of this blog, I read one of your dickish posts. I can’t believe if you acted this way in the real world that anyone would give you the time of day.

  20. Mikey DallasM says

    I don’t comment here much, and hesitate to get into the “Rick” thing, but must say that from observing over a long period of time, I really feel he is ill, and therefore we should probably feel sorry for him and let it go at that.

  21. Enfant des montagnes says

    In the Year of our Lord 1791 (yes, 15 years after the Declaration of Independence) Revolutionary France legalised homosexual intercourse. In 2013 homosexual marriage. The way to go.

  22. simon says

    Actually the big protests by the opposition had just the opposite effect. It made the Socialists put aside whatever disagreements they had and formed an united front by sticking together.

  23. simon says

    What happened in UK? The House of Lords is supposed to vote on SSM. Their members generally are more conservative but it is unlikely they will vote against it. The House of Commons can always overrule them by invoking the Parliament Act.

  24. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui says

    Same-sex marriage proponents selfishly demand “Marriage Equality”, yet, in return, they offer LESS-THAN-EQUAL protection of the child’s happiness than can be afforded through the presence of both biological parents. In the name of”Marriage Equality”, same-sex marriage leaves the child fully cognizant that his family is, in all truth, not at all “equal”, natural, nor complete. The use of the term “marriage Equality” by same-sex marriage proponents selfishly ignores the child’s perspective of “equality”.

    Same-sex marriage proponents profess that it is love which gives the right to join the institution of marriage, yet, in doing so, they selfishly violate the principle LOVING objective of this noble institution; to protect a child’s Natural Right to be raised by both biological parents.

  25. Ken says

    Looking at the current political landscape in Europe, there appear to be only two more nations that are anywhere close to having marriage equality, the UK and Luxembourg. Hopefully those happen this summer but after that I think it would take a change in government somewhere for any more progress. Is anyone aware of other places where progress could be possible this year?