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France: Celebrations after France legalises gay marriage00:51

France: Celebrations after France legalises gay marriage

France, Paris
April 23, 2013 at 22:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

France: Celebrations after France legalises gay marriage

Over 3,000 supporters of gay marriage and the adoption of children came together at Place Baudoyer, Paris, to celebrate on Tuesday. The mass celebrations follows the decision by the French government to pass a historic law making it legal for same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. France is now the 14th country to make gay marriage legal.

Police prepared for clashes between opponents and gay activists by having tear gas on standby in the event of disruptions.

One of the main opposition movements, La Manif pour Tous, gathered in front of the National Assembly in Paris to protest during the voting process. One demonstrator was removed from the parliament building for being disruptive however president of the lower house of French Parliament, Claude Bartolone, said there would be no place for "enemies of democracy" and the voting process resumed.

After 136 hours and 46 minutes of debate in the National Assembly, French politicians made a final vote approving marriage equality with the right to adopt with 331 for and 225 against out of 556 votes cast.

The bill "marriage for all" was a key part of President Francois Hollande's election manifesto. Hollande began in November 2012 to introduce same-sex marriage and adoption rights despite the right-wing UMP party saying they would repeal the law if it came into force.

Since Hollande's public approval of gay marriage Manif pour Tous has organised regular protests in Paris that brought thousands of people from across the country to rally against marriage for all.

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France: Celebrations after France legalises gay marriage

Over 3,000 supporters of gay marriage and the adoption of children came together at Place Baudoyer, Paris, to celebrate on Tuesday. The mass celebrations follows the decision by the French government to pass a historic law making it legal for same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. France is now the 14th country to make gay marriage legal.

Police prepared for clashes between opponents and gay activists by having tear gas on standby in the event of disruptions.

One of the main opposition movements, La Manif pour Tous, gathered in front of the National Assembly in Paris to protest during the voting process. One demonstrator was removed from the parliament building for being disruptive however president of the lower house of French Parliament, Claude Bartolone, said there would be no place for "enemies of democracy" and the voting process resumed.

After 136 hours and 46 minutes of debate in the National Assembly, French politicians made a final vote approving marriage equality with the right to adopt with 331 for and 225 against out of 556 votes cast.

The bill "marriage for all" was a key part of President Francois Hollande's election manifesto. Hollande began in November 2012 to introduce same-sex marriage and adoption rights despite the right-wing UMP party saying they would repeal the law if it came into force.

Since Hollande's public approval of gay marriage Manif pour Tous has organised regular protests in Paris that brought thousands of people from across the country to rally against marriage for all.