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Tuesday 16 September 2014

France signs gay marriage into law

Published 18/05/2013 | 10:07

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The bill to legalise gay marriage in France prompted months of widespread protests

French president Francois Hollande has signed a law authorising gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, after months of nationwide protests and wrenching debate.

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His signature means the first gay marriages may be celebrated in France within about 10 days.

Mr Hollande's office said he signed the bill on Saturday, a day after the Constitutional Council struck down a challenge to the law.

Mr Hollande, a Socialist, had made legalising gay marriage one of his campaign pledges last year. While polls for years have shown majority support for gay marriage in France, adoption by same-sex couples is more controversial.

The bill prompted months of widespread protests, largely by conservative and religious groups. Some were marred by clashes with police.

It became a flashpoint for frustrations at the increasingly unpopular Mr Hollande.

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