France Legalizes same-sex marriage After Harsh Debate

France legalised same-sex marriage on Tuesday after a wrenching national debate and protests that flooded the streets of Paris.

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Legions of officers and water cannon stood ready near France’s National Assembly ahead of the final vote, bracing for possible violence on an issue that galvanised the country’s faltering conservative movement.

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The measure passed easily in the Socialist-majority Assembly, 331-225, just minutes after the president of the legislative body expelled a disruptive protester in pink, the colour adopted by French opponents of same-sex marriage.

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