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
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)

(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 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.)

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May 19, 2013 11:39 PM CDT
A politician fulfilling a campaign promise? What the hell?
May 19, 2013 7:55 AM CDT
Well, this is one way to deal with the world's overpopulation crisis.Now, if the gay folks can just get the Islamic world on board.
May 18, 2013 3:52 PM CDT
This is joke, instead tackle down issues of economics, unemployment the governments are wasting time with issues which are there from millenniums before. No wonder everything gets down. Forgive me that I want jump up an down because I don't want to get pumped from behind.