Gay Marriage Signed into Law in France

Via the BBC:  France gay marriage: Hollande signs bill into law

France’s president has signed into law a controversial bill making the country the ninth in Europe, and 14th globally, to legalise gay marriage.

On Friday, the Constitutional Council rejected a challenge by the right-wing opposition, clearing the way for Francois Hollande to sign the bill.

According to the piece, the first wedding can take place 10 days after the signing.

The bill also deals with adoption by same-sex couples:

[The Constitutional Court] said the interest of the child would be paramount in adoption cases, cautioning that legalising same-sex adoption would not automatically mean the "right to a child".


Opinion polls have suggested that around 55-60% of French people support gay marriage, but only about 50% approve of gay adoption.

As side commentary in the piece notes some interesting political dynamics:

Opponents are angry and frustrated. They think President Hollande has made gay marriage a personal obsession, because he’s failed to make progress on other more pressing issues – like the economy.

Here’s a map of legalized same-sex marriage:

Map showing countries where same-sex marriage has been approved

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  1. Stonetools says:

    Let me guess , no Republicans in France, right?

  2. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    Just wait until the substantial Muslim factions that essentially control parts of France get word of this…

  3. @Jenos Idanian #13: Because it has been a secret thus far?

    And what parts of France would those be?

  4. Jenos Idanian says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: There are whole suburbs of Paris where Shariah is the de facto law. You might have heard about the 2005 Paris riots, and a quick Google search on “Paris riots” will give you plenty of examples.

  5. @Jenos Idanian: I see, riots close to a decade ago mean that sharia is de facto law in parts of Paris.

    Got it.