Tuesday, April 23, 2013

France Becomes 14th Country To Pass Marriage Equality

The French National Assembly gave final passage to marriage equality legislation by a vote of 331-225, making the Republic of France the 14th country in the world to allow marriage by same-sex couples throughout its entirety.

Freedom to Marry puts the latest legislative action in international perspective:
It's been a momentous month for the freedom to marry abroad. In the past few weeks, marriage bills in Uruguay and New Zealand have also cleared critical votes and simply await signatures from their elected leaders. Greater movement for marriage is also expected soon for the freedom to marry in England and Wales.   
When marriages between same-sex couples begin soon in the country, France will join 11 countries that have the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide: The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, and Denmark. Three others have taken judicial and regional steps to allow same-sex couples to share in the freedom to marry in parts of the country: Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. Two others - Uruguay and France - have not yet implemented their marriage laws.
After the freedom to marry legislation in Uruguay, France and New Zealand takes effect, same-sex couples will be able to share in the freedom to marry in 17 countries.
Woo hoo! It's been a sad month to be a heterosexual supremacist, and that's a good thing!

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