France OKs Gay Marriage
Opponents expected to mount legal challenge, protests
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2013 11:05 AM CDT
Demonstrators march during a rally to protest against French President Francois Hollande's social reform on gay marriage and adoption in Paris, Sunday, April 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

(Newser) – A week after New Zealand musically ushered in gay marriage, France has become planet Earth's 14th nation to legalize same-sex unions. The measure passed today, 331-225, in the National Assembly following weeks of massive and crippling protests against it, reports the BBC, and President Francois Hollande is set to sign it. The legislation, which also gives same-sex couples the right to adopt, is expected to face a legal challenge from opponents that include the Catholic Church, adds CNN.

A small majority of the French people favor gay marriage, though the issue has proven to be a hot button; thousands of police are at the ready as renewed protests were expected, notes the AP. France's justice minister says that the first weddings could take place as soon as June.

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Apr 23, 2013 6:20 PM CDT
Apr 23, 2013 12:13 PM CDT
Live and let live people. There are actual important issues to boycott in the world, this is certainly not one of them.
Apr 23, 2013 11:31 AM CDT
The gay mafia is going to shove this down everyone throat whether they object or not. I wonder if this same gay mafia will be as tolerant when the polygamist assert their right or do they draw the line there and become the haters they claim all those against gay marriage are. What's next fathers marring daughter or sons, marrying you horse who know how far this preceived right is going to be pushed and when is the line drawn at what level and who decides that?