Gay Marriage Passes Another Crucial Test in France

 

Manifestation for marriage equality on January 28, 2013 in Paris. Image by Dmitry Brizhatyuk

Manifestation for marriage equality on January 28, 2013 in Paris. Image by Dmitry Brizhatyuk

Marriage equality passed another major hurdle in France yesterday when the first article of a bill to allow gay and lesbian marriage passed by a vote of 179-157 in the country’s senate. The article, which was originally approved by the National Assembly on Feb. 2, removed gender identity to marriage certificates. In order to slow the process of passing the overall legislation, opponents have added more than 5,000 amendments to the legislation during the National Assembly’s initial vote. Despite this, the National Assembly passed the entire piece of legislation on February 12. The Senate, will now vote on the remaining amendments and send it back to the National Assembly for final approval in May. [HuffPo]

 

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