World News

French Parliament Approves Key Clause in Gay Marriage Bill

Opponents to gay marriage, adoption and procreation assistance attend a demonstration in Marseille February 2, 2013.Opponents to gay marriage, adoption and procreation assistance attend a demonstration in Marseille February 2, 2013.
x
Opponents to gay marriage, adoption and procreation assistance attend a demonstration in Marseille February 2, 2013.
Opponents to gay marriage, adoption and procreation assistance attend a demonstration in Marseille February 2, 2013.
VOA News
France has moved a step closer to becoming one of about 12 countries to legalize same-sex marriage.

The French parliament, on Saturday, overwhelmingly approved a key article of a reform bill that would allow same-sex marriages and also allow gay couples to adopt children.

The measure approved by the National Assembly defines marriage as an agreement between two people, rather than between a man and a woman.

The assembly will now consider hundreds of amendments that have been presented for the reform bill. The debate is expected to last several weeks.

President Francois Hollande made same-sex marriage reform a key part of his election campaign. However, the issue has sparked massive demonstrations by both opponents and supporters.

Opinion polls indicate a majority of French citizens support the legalization of same-sex marriages, while a smaller percentage approve of gay adoptions.

Feature Story

Turkish Kurds warm themselves around an open fire as they watch the Syrian town of Kobani, near the Mursitpinar border crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, Turkey, Oct. 21, 2014.

Photogallery Syrian Kurds Push Back on Turkish Plan

Ankara plan is to allow Peshmerga forces from northern Iraq to transit Turkish territory to enter besieged Syrian border town of Kobani to help in its defense More

Special Reports