No. 14: Gay Marriage Now Legal in France

It joins 13 other countries in allowing same-sex weddings

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 18, 2013 8:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – French President Francois Hollande fulfilled a major campaign promise today by signing into law a measure legalizing gay marriage, reports Reuters. The first same-sex weddings can be held in 10 days, notes the BBC. Opponents in the heavily Catholic country aren't done protesting the move, however, and plan another demonstration on May 26. France becomes the 14th country to allow gay marriages, and Dawn.com rounds up the others:

  • Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, Uruguay, and New Zealand. (In the US, Minnesota recently became the 12th state to legalize it.)

This Jan. 27 file photo shows two women posing during a demonstration in Paris backing gay marriage, which is now legal in the country.
This Jan. 27 file photo shows two women posing during a demonstration in Paris backing gay marriage, which is now legal in the country.   (AP Photo/Benjamin Girette, File)
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