France’s Senate law commission has approved marriage equality for the country, marking one more hurdle crossed for the legislation to become law. Most observers and analysts believe that the European country should have full marriage equality by this summer.
The Senators on Wednesday approved the text for the “equal marriage” legislation that had already passed deputies of the National Assembly.
The final text of the legislation will now go to a full Senate vote in early April.
“We are happy and proud to have taken this first step,” Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said in February after the National Assembly passage.
“We are going to establish the freedom for everyone to choose his or her partner for a future together.”
Opponents had demonstrated throughout the country in protest of the legislation, with the largest drawing over 340,000 people in Paris in January.
Opinion polls suggest that a majority of voters support same-sex marriage, but a narrower margin believe same-sex couples should be granted the right to adopt. Those against the legislation are gather 500,000 signatures to present to lawmakers in the hopes of blocking the law’s progress.