French National Assembly Passes Marriage Equality
February 12, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Today members of the lower house of the French Parliament approved a bill that would grant same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children.
The Assemblée Nationale voted 329 to 229 in favor of the measure, following weeks of debate.
The bill now moves to the French Senate, which is expected to debate the proposal on April 2.
If the French Parliament passes the legislation, it would join the ranks of few other European countries with full marriage equality, including Belgium, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands.
Last week, the British House of Commons passed a marriage equality bill, with 70 percent in favor. The bill is in front of a parliamentary committee for further scrutiny.
Recent polls show that 54 percent of Americans support marriage equality, and support continues to grow across demographics. Visit our Marriage Center to learn more about the fight for marriage equality nationwide.