France rules same-sex marriage legislation constitutional

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France’s top court ruled Friday that recent legislation permitting same-sex marriage and adoption adheres to the constitution. It is expected that President Francois Hollande will sign the bill into law as early as Saturday. 

The lower house of Parliament passed the bill last month. Conservative and centrist senators filed a legal challenge with the the Constitutional Council. 

France will become the 9th country in Europe to allow for same-sex marriage, and the 14th in the world. 

These include the Netherlands, Canada, South Africa, Belgium, Spain, Argentina, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. New Zealand and Uruguay have passed same-sex marriage legislation recently, and are waiting to be sign the bills in to law. 

Countries currently actively debating same-sex marriage include Brazil, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. 

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