France to legalize gay marriage and adoption

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By Ryan Collett

The new Prime Minister of France has held true to his promise to allow marriage and adoption rights to gay couples. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault made the announcement this week to France’s parliament.

Ayrualt’s keynote speech to parliament described the new Socialist government’s plan for the next year, which includes legalizing marriage and adoption for gay and lesbian couples. 

Currently, only heterosexual married couples, not civil union partnerships nor single parents, have the right to adopt children in France. Ayrualt promised members of French parliament that, “In the first half of 2013, the right to marriage and adoption will be open to all couples, without discrimination.”

Recent polls in France indicate that 63% of the country is in favor of gay marriage. When the legalization occurs, France will become the ninth country to allow same-sex marriage.

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