French lower house approves gay marriage bill

France's National Assembly has voted in favor of a bill approving gay marriage, after 10 days of intense debate. The proposal, an election promise from President Francois Hollande, must also clear the Senate.

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Politicians in Paris on Tuesday approved a new law allowing homosexual couples to marry. The National Assembly, France’s lower house of parliament, approved the bill at a vote by a tally of 329 to 229, with nine absentees and 10 abstentions.

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Allowing gay couples to marry was one of the campaign pledges from Socialist President Francois Hollande in last year’s election.

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