France Moves Closer to Approving Gay Marriage

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This week has been an exciting one for gay marriage rights. In addition to the three American states passing marriage equality (Maine, Maryland, Washington), the French government decided to put forward a draft bill in favor of same-sex marriage and adoption rights for same-sex parents. The bill would further advance the French law passed in 1999 entitled PACS (pacte civil de solidarite), approving civil unions that can be entered into by both gay and straight couples. While the bill faces opposition from the Catholic church and other religious groups, it has been passed by the Cabinet and vocalizes an opinion poll that cited 65% of the French population are in favor of gay marriage. President Francois Hollande has openly expressed his support in favor of same-sex marriage, and the law now only awaits approval from the Senate and the National Assembly in January.

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