France: Marriage and adoption equality approved

eiffelBY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Washington Blade

The French National Assembly on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would extend marriage and adoption rights to gay and lesbian couples. The 331-225 vote took place less than two weeks after the country’s Senate approved the measure.

The measure’s supporters, however, have become increasingly concerned in recent weeks with rhetoric against the bill they contend has sparked a spate of anti-gay violence across France. National Assembly President Claude Bartolone on Monday received a letter that contained gunpowder. French police reportedly placed water canons outside the building to deter those who may have wanted to try and disrupt the vote.

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