France legalizes gay marriage

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France became the 14th country to nationally legalize gay marriage on Tuesday, according to USA Today.
The Socialist-majority French National Assembly approved the measure with a vote of 331-225.

French President Francois Hollande made good on his campaign promise to legalize gay marriage amid protests from both sides of the debate as well as a spike in violent attacks on gay couples.

French conservatives have been holding demonstrations in recent months as the bill has made its way through the Assembly.

Just before the vote, one protester opposing the bill had to be removed from the chambers for being disruptive.

Police were ready with water cannons outside of the Assembly in case violence erupted.
An American activist group called “Freedom to Marry” worked with the French on the bill, according to the group’s president, Evan Wolfson.

France is the most populous country to make same-sex marriage legal.

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