One Equal World

France Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage & Adoptions

Posted on: April 25, 2013

On Tuesday, April 23rd, France became the 14th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. The country has been beleaguered by angry opposition to the “Marriage for All” law, but nonetheless moved forward with its passage. President François Hollande sponsored the law and it was approved by a vote of 331 to 225 in the National Assembly.

In a bill backed by President Francois Hollande, France approved same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption with a vote of 331-225.

France’s National Assembly voted Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage.
Image: Reuters

About sixty percent of France’s general population agrees with the legalization of same-sex marriage, with “a small majority opposed to adoption rights,” according to Time. France is the third country to legalize same-sex marriage in the past two weeks alone.

The law both legalizes same-sex marriage and allows for adoptions by same-sex couples. The adoption clause in the bill was the main focus for groups speaking out against it. Their claim was that the law would be harmful and an injustice to children. Primary opposition came from members of the Union for a Popular Movement party, the Roman Catholic Church, and other conservative religious group leaders.

“This democratically approved law is unjust and, by not respecting the rights of the most vulnerable citizens, it harms democracy,” said activist Tugdual Derville, who, like many others, has vowed to continue fighting the law. Conservatives opposed to the law are already preparing a legal challenge to block its implementation.

Protests turned violent on Tuesday night, when some demonstrators at the National Assembly showed up wearing balaclavas and engaged in physical attacks with riot police. Most demonstrators, however, were peaceful in their protests.

“It’s a generous law, and a law of equality,” said Christiane Taubira, addressing Parliament after its passing vote. Taubira is the Socialist Justice Minister as well as the bill’s author. “We believe the first weddings will be beautiful and that they’ll bring a breeze of joy, and that those who are opposed to them today will surely be confounded when they are overcome with the happiness of the newlyweds and the families.”

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