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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. France has a very large devout Muslim population who are freaked out. they and the dwindling devout Catholics population are just going to have to learn to accept other people or they will be regarded as barbarians.

    Posted by: Francis | May 18, 2013 11:22:33 AM

  2. Hopefully this will also encourage the Moslems to leave France... and Europe.

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 18, 2013 11:37:11 AM

  3. @Francis The irony is aren't Muslims sometimes discriminated against there?

    @Chris You didn't waste your time. Great response! Thanks.

    Posted by: Tim | May 18, 2013 12:21:28 PM

  4. Another country for good. Haters will go wild for a while until they find yet another excuse to complain, that would be pretty easy.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | May 18, 2013 12:46:05 PM

  5. Hollande got in mostly because voters were tired Sarkozy. This is repeated in democracies around the world, especially fickle advanced western nations. The average French voter didn't vote for gay marriage when they voted for Hollande, most are far more concerned with economic issues and political scandals. Although no doubt most French don't have an issue with legalizing gay marriage, it's clear a substantial number do. And democracy allows them to protest and complain, just like it allows those on the left and far left to protest and complain.

    Some true believers take read too much into many political decisions made in France and elsewhere, and they're of course egged on by shills. The truth is far more mundane than noble.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 18, 2013 1:07:46 PM

  6. Add a couple more colors to that French flag they're holding, and "The Hommen" look ready for a gay pride parade.

    Posted by: Rexford | May 18, 2013 3:43:26 PM

  7. Yes, Reality, Brazil should be updated. To see a more accurate map, check:

    Posted by: Chris | May 18, 2013 4:46:21 PM

  8. France takes a bold step in civilization's slow march towards full equality for all human beings. The French have good reason to be very proud of their government today.

    Posted by: Gary Harryman | May 18, 2013 7:43:19 PM

  9. One more outstanding example of what little real influence the Roman Catholic Hierarchy has in Western Europe, where the overwhelming majority of the people are nominal Roman Catholics. Now if we could only get the majority of Muslims to so ignore their primitive leaders. Christianity and Judaism have been largely defanged. It will probably take centuries and much upheaval to defang the still dangerous religion of Mohammed.

    Posted by: andrew | May 19, 2013 8:48:01 PM

  10. I welcome the determination of the First citizen of the French Republic to apply the Laws and to enforce the Civil Rights of the public.

    The right should find something useful to do. If they had any useful policies they would be doing something else rather then fermenting public disorder.

    Posted by: Keith | May 19, 2013 9:44:20 PM

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