France Adopts Plan for Gay Marriage

Posted November 7th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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France has adopted a draft law to legalize same-sex marriage and open adoption to gay couples.

President Francois Hollande, who made the reform a key part of his election campaign, told the Cabinet that the reform would be progress for not only a few, but for all of society.

French Families Minister Dominique Bertinotti described the measure as a step towards the equality of human rights.

“The debate must be a quality debate. It must be founded on reality and not on fantasy. There is a bill. And in that bill, we are not substituting one thing for another but we are extending the notion of marriage to same-sex couples.''

Once approved, France would become the world's 12th country to legalize same-sex marriage.

Parliament is expected to vote on the proposal by mid-2013.

On Tuesday, Spain's Constitutional Court upheld the legality of the country's gay marriage law, rejecting an appeal contending that marriage can represent only the union of a man and a woman.

Spain is Europe's third country after Belgium and the Netherlands to approve gay marriage legislation.