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France legalizes gay marriage

Published April 24. 2013 4:00AM
Sophie Liedot, JBV News/Polaris
France became the 14th country to allow same-sex marriage today after parliament approved a new law championed by President Francois Hollande, but it came amid violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. Lawmakers in the lower house National Assembly, where Hollande's Socialists have an absolute majority, passed the bill by 331 votes for and 225 against. During the vote anti-gay marriage protesters disrupted the proceedings, unfurling a banner.

France became the 14th country to allow same-sex marriage today after parliament approved a new law championed by President Francois Hollande, but it came amid violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. Lawmakers in the lower house National Assembly, where Hollande's Socialists have an absolute majority, passed the bill by 331 votes for and 225 against. During the vote anti-gay marriage protesters disrupted the proceedings, unfurling a banner.

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