- May 18, 2013
Post submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist
French President Francois Hollande has signed legislation into law extending marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples.
Just yesterday the French Constitutional Council rejected a right-wing challenge to the legislation, clearing the way for the president to sign.
With this victory, France officially becomes the 14th country in the world to allow gay and lesbian couples to legally marry. BBC reports the first same-sex weddings could take place 10 days from today's signing.
Earlier this week, HRC celebrated marriage equality passing in Minnesota - the third U.S. state to pass marriage legislation this month - as well as the nine year anniversary of same-sex marriage first taking effect in Massachusetts.