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France approves same-sex marriage law

THE French parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children today.

It was a flagship reform pledge by President Francois Hollande which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks.

Lawmakers in the lower house National Assembly, where Hollande's Socialists have an absolute majority, passed the bill by 331 votes for and 225 against, making France the 14th country in the world to allow same-sex couples to wed.

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