France's Gay-Rights Bill Takes Step Forward

Ministers back it, so it's now on to National Assembly and Senate

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 7, 2012 10:44 AM CST

(Newser) – France's top ministers have given the nod of approval to the country's rather suddenly contested gay-marriage and adoption-rights bill, reports CNN. President Francois Hollande's Cabinet today pushed the bill forward, sending it to the National Assembly and Senate, which are expected to vote on it in February or March. Religious and conservative groups strongly oppose the bill, but gay-marriage advocates have called for a rally in Paris tonight to show support for it. (Closer to home, Maine and Maryland yesterday became the first US states to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote.)

In this Monday Jan. 24, 2011 photo, Corinne Cestino, standing, watches her children, Merlin, Anatole, Emilie, and Virgile, from left, in the kitchen of their house in Val de Vesle, France. The two women have lived together 15 years, are raising four children together and already benefit from a French...
In this Monday Jan. 24, 2011 photo, Corinne Cestino, standing, watches her children, Merlin, Anatole, Emilie, and Virgile, from left, in the kitchen of their house in Val de Vesle, France. The two women...   (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
As the French President Francois Hollande's Socialist government unveiled its draft marriage for everyone law Wednesday, Nov. 7.
As the French President Francois Hollande's Socialist government unveiled its draft "marriage for everyone" law Wednesday, Nov. 7.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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