Same-sex marriage

The pride and prejudice as France adopts same-sex marriage law

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France is set to become the 14th country worldwide - and the ninth in Europe - to open up marriage to homosexual couples after its parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of a bill of law to give marriage and adoption rights to couples of the same sex. It now remains for the socialist government to enact the law, while a group of conservative opposition MPs, whose UMP party has campaigned against the bill, have promised to contest it before France’s Constitutional Council. The vote on an issue that has divided public opinion comes after six months of demonstrations for and against amid sometimes hysterical rhetoric from politicians. Mediapart reporters joined separate rallies in Paris held by opponents and supporters of the marriage reform. The opinions expressed reveal apparently irreconcilable views over the issue, while many gays spoke of their indignation and fear over the upsurge in insults and violence they have personally witnessed since last autumn.

Last-ditch anti-gay marriage protest in Paris

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Two days before a final vote onFrance's same-sex marriage bill, thousands of opponents demonstrated in Paris in a last bid to block the legislation.

French showbiz world shies from gay marriage debate

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France's same-sex marriage bill has prompted vigorous national debate but, unlike in other countries, the world of showbiz has kept out of the fray.

Four held after attack on French gay bar

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The attack in Lille was the latest in a series of homophobic incidents amid nationwide tensions over the introduction of a same-sex marriage law.

French Senate backs same-sex marriage bill

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The bill, which has sparked protests across the country, still faces a second reading in the National Assembly and a final reading in the upper house.

The ex-paratrooper behind the radical right-wing 'French Spring' movement

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Anti same-sex marriage protests have grown increasingly radical in France in recent weeks as the government's bill on the issue goes through Parliament. The organisation responsible for stoking up the political temperature – which has led to some violent attacks - is a small group known as 'Printemps français' or 'French Spring', whose name is a deliberate echo of the 'Arab Spring' revolutions of North Africa and the Middle East. And behind this group, Mediapart can reveal, is a 52-year-old former paratrooper. Karl Laske, Marine Turchi and Mathieu Magnaudeix report.

French Senate adopts key article of gay marriage bill

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Senate paves way for new law after voting to redefine marriage as a union between “two individuals of different sex or of the same sex”.

French Senate starts gay marriage debate amid protests

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France's upper chamber of parliament has begun examining bill which gives homosexual couples the right to marry and adopt children.

Behind same-sex marriage furore, one man's tale of homophobia in France

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FRANCE 24 recounts the story of Antoine, who was just 17 when he was kicked out of his home in France after coming out as gay.

Lower house of French parliament approves bill that would legalize gay marriage, adoption

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The measure, approved in 329-to-229 vote in National Assembly, puts France on track to join about a dozen nations that allow gay marriage.

French MPs trade insults amid marathon gay marriage bill debate

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Same-sex marriage bill debate now into its second week with more than 5,300 amendments tabled and a fiery atmosphere inside parliament.

French parliament adopts key article in same-sex marriage bill

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MPs voted 249-97 in favour of redefining marriage as being an agreement between two people and not only between a man and a woman.

Major Paris rally in support of same-sex marriage bill

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An estimated 250,000 people marched through Paris on Sunday in support of a same-sex marriage bill due to go before parliament on Tuesday.

France pledges marriage equality despite protests

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Justice minister says the referendum on same-sex marriage demanded by many opponents would be unconstitutional and says bill will go ahead.

France pledges marriage equality despite protests

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Justice minister says the referendum on same-sex marriage demanded by many opponents would be unconstitutional and says that bill will go ahead.