Gay marriage is close to getting the government’s official nod in France, as Saturday a majority of the country’s National Assembly members approved a key article in a bill aiming to allow same-sex couples to wed.
Although the French parliament’s vote reflected the views of the majority of the European nation’s citizens, a slightly lower percentage of the French public supports the right of LGBT couples to adopt, according to the BBC.
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Deputies voted 249-97 in favour of redefining marriage as being an agreement between two people - not just between a man and a woman.
President Francois Hollande’s Socialists and their left-wing supporters backed it, opposed by many opposition UMP and centrist MPs.
The proposals have generated protests and counter-protests for months.
Opinion polls suggest that around 55-60% of French people support gay marriage, though only about 50% approve of gay adoption.