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: