French parliament says “OUI” to marriage equality

Today, the French National Assembly adopted in the final reading a law extending the right to marriage and entitlement to apply for joint adoption to same-sex partners. The law needs to be signed by the French President to come into force.

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France becomes the 9th European country to embrace marriage equality for all.

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ILGA-Europe wholeheartedly welcomes this important development. This victory did not come easy. We regret that some elected politicians and members of the public opposing equality resorted to campaigning technics which lead to a wave of homophobia and violence.  But we now call on all people in France to stand united behind this law and the principle of equality for all.

Evelyne Paradis, Executive Director of ILGA-Europe, said:

“We congratulate the French parliamentarians and the French nation for this historic step. The country whose motto is Liberté, égalité, fraternité has finally fully applied it to all citizens when it comes to marriage.

We also hope that this latest development in France will inspire other European countries to take concrete steps to eliminate discrimination and to ensure equal rights to same-sex partners and their families.

Equality cannot be partial, if a country is serious about equality for same-sex partners and their families, it means removing all legal obstacles and differences, it means equal access to marriage and adoption entitlement.”

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