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French President Signs Marriage Equality Bill Into Law

Francois-hollandeAs expected, French President Francois Hollande signed a bill into law today making France the 14th country with marriage equality.

It was only yesterday that France's Constitutional Council approved the bill.

The very first same-sex marriages in that country could come as soon as the last week of May.

Just before he signed the bill, Hollande expressed his support for marriage equality in France saying: “I will ensure that the law applies across the whole territory, in full, and I will not accept any disruption of these marriages.”

According to the BBC, the country's right wing opposition party said they "would come up with alternative proposals in 2017 that were 'more respectful of the rights of children.'"

Also yesterday, anti-marriage equality demonstrators took to the streets in protest and demanded Hollande step down from his post. According to AFP:

Photo_1368846957042_4_0-18pdsr2Late on Friday, between 200 and 300 protesters gathered in central Paris to denounce the ruling backing the bill and calling on Hollande to resign. One police officer was injured after a flammable liquid was thrown in his face.

Earlier, a group of bare-chested men wearing white masks staged their own protest against gay marriage on one of the bridges over the Seine. They call themselves the "Hommen" -- a riposte to the bare-breasted feminist protesters known as the "Femmen".

Check out the new and improved look of the latest marriage equality world map, AFTER THE JUMP.

(map courtesy of the BBC)

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  1. Congratulations France!
    Marriage Equality marches forward.

    Posted by: Jay | May 18, 2013 4:05:52 AM

  2. Congratulations France!
    Marriage Equality marches forward.

    Posted by: Jay | May 18, 2013 4:05:56 AM

  3. Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and should be dark brown!

    Posted by: Chris | May 18, 2013 5:24:08 AM

  4. Congrats France! France 1, NOM and Brian Brown, 0.

    Posted by: ChrisQ | May 18, 2013 6:23:31 AM

  5. Congratulations France! Germany, you're sticking out like a sore thumb!

    And Brazil should probably be turned mustard colored after the events there earlier this week.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | May 18, 2013 6:31:25 AM

  6. Liberté, égalité, fraternité!

    Posted by: QJ201 | May 18, 2013 6:34:32 AM

  7. The opposition said they will turn back the clock if they win the next election in 2017. It is easier said than done. So far it has only happened in California and is probably unconstitutional. They will quietly accept reality even if they return to power, just as they did regarding the PACS (civil union).

    Posted by: simon | May 18, 2013 6:53:54 AM

  8. I hope more riots and protests happen.

    Posted by: LDC | May 18, 2013 6:57:55 AM

  9. Game over. The protesters should spend more time looking for some real jobs rather than blaming the government for the dire employment situation.

    Posted by: simon | May 18, 2013 7:24:40 AM

  10. At least the Westboro people show their faces when they protest - they don't hide behind masks like these cowardlly French

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | May 18, 2013 7:42:42 AM

  11. @Chris, I was also wondering about Greenland's status. I gather since it is an autonomous nation within the Kingdom its parliament governs civil law.

    Posted by: SRB | May 18, 2013 7:55:12 AM

  12. "One police officer was injured after a flammable liquid was thrown in his face."

    So it is with French anti-marriage equality protesters, most of whom are undoubtedly Christian (Catholic) and/or muslim along with the usual right-wing reactionary rabble.

    At least, so far, our evangelical, reactionary right-wing rabble have confined themselves to incendiary vitriol with occasional gay-bashing by thug punk assholes.

    No one ever said equality would be easy.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 18, 2013 7:56:42 AM

  13. I like that the citizens of France aren't willing to be told how to feel about social issues like this, and are willing to rebel over something that is forced upon them that they don't approve of to get their point across. It may be signed into law, but the citizens are letting it be know that they still don't approve.

    Posted by: LCR Jay | May 18, 2013 8:20:16 AM

  14. @LCR Jay. 1) The majority of people in France approve of same-sex marriage. 2) The French would take to the streets if the sky wasn't blue enough. They love protesting. 3) It's democracy. The government that France elected, told them from the beginning they planned on doing this should they be elected. They are using a democratic method to GIVE Gay French people, law abiding, tax paying, Citizens of France, a secular nation, their CIVIL RIGHTS. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING is being 'forced' onto anyone. The only thing that has changed is that Gay people are now equal in France. The protestors exerciced their democratic right to protest democracy (ironic huh?). You can love these protesters all you want, it doesn't change the fact that what you love is undemocratic, theocratic, discriminative, failure. Because ultimately, the bigoted were unable to stop the inevitable reality of Gay equality.

    Posted by: Chris | May 18, 2013 8:32:07 AM

  15. @ LCR: The "citizens of France" have voted for th election of a President that promised marriage equality, then voted again to give majority in both houses of the Parliament to the party that promised marriage equality.

    So the real citizens have voted and have chosen. The disgruntled ones, well they didn't want it then, they don't want it now, but obviously they're not the majority.

    Posted by: Jols | May 18, 2013 8:33:32 AM

  16. Wait..... "'LCR' Jay".....please don't tell me that I just wasted my time on another self loathing, useless, gay conservative?

    Posted by: Chris | May 18, 2013 8:35:18 AM

  17. Wait, I thought the Log Cabin Republicans supported marriage equality. Now, LCR Jay seems to be speaking out against it. Log Cabinettes, make up your minds!

    Posted by: Merv | May 18, 2013 8:47:52 AM

  18. marriages won't start before the middle of june at the earliest. the law has to have been published for 2 weeks and then marriage bans have to be published for 10 days before the wedding.

    Posted by: candide001 | May 18, 2013 8:49:19 AM

  19. The law has been signed by the President today. The first gay couple to be married should do it the 29th of May. It's the earliest possible.

    Posted by: oakpope | May 18, 2013 9:03:00 AM

  20. There is a big protest rally against this decision scheduled for May 26. Hope it's loud, violent and gets the point across that homosexual marriage is wrong.

    Posted by: Krajci | May 18, 2013 9:08:31 AM

  21. "Let's hope it is Violent and gets the point across that homoseual marriage is wrong..."

    Dude! Put your crack pipe down. Read your own words! People like YOU are the problem, NOT me and my husband who plan to spend the day looking for plants at Home Depot - Not trying to KILL you and your ilk.

    Get down off your freaking cross, Faux-Jesus, the poor and hungry need the wood.

    Posted by: James McBride | May 18, 2013 9:33:00 AM

  22. @Krajci are you just a troll or a self-hating homosexual?

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | May 18, 2013 9:38:45 AM

  23. shouldn't brazil be updated on that map?

    Posted by: Reality | May 18, 2013 10:20:41 AM

  24. le jour de gloire est arrivé!

    Posted by: Carmen | May 18, 2013 10:50:03 AM

  25. Greenland is autonomous. They recognize same-sex unions, but gay couples can't get married there (yet).

    Posted by: Lars | May 18, 2013 11:18:17 AM

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