France Set to Approve Gay Marriage
The French Senate, the upper house of its parliament, has approved the first article of a draft law allowing same-sex marriages. The first article is considered the most important part of the proposed law because it throws out the requirement for gender difference in order to be legally married.
The vote was taken after a debate that lasted 10 hours, with 179 votes for passage and 157 against. There are other parts of the bill yet to be voted on, such as adoption rights for same-sex couples. The vote on the first part will become the law unless the bill in its entirety is rejected by the Senate. The National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, passed the bill last month. President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party and its allies are the dominant force in both houses. Hollande has been a strong supporter of same-sex marriage.