- April 23, 2013
Post submitted by Paul Guequierre, former HRC Deputy Communications Director
France will soon be the 14th country in the world to allow gay and lesbian couples to legally marry. Today, the French National Assembly gave final approval to a bill that would extend marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples. The bill, which passed by a vote of 331-225, passed the Senate two weeks ago.
France is the third country to pass marriage equality in the past two weeks. New Zealand passed a marriage equality law last week and Uruguay the week before. Here in the United States, marriage equality is the law of the land in nine states and the District of Columbia. That number is expected to rise in the coming weeks as state legislatures are dealing with the issue in Rhode Island, Delaware, Illinois, and Minnesota.