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France Approves Same-Sex Marriages - 24 Apr 2013
Recent and archive images relating to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France.

France became the 14th country to allow same-sex marriage on Tuesday after parliament approved a new law championed
by President Francois Hollande, but it came at a political price amid violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks.

Hollande's "marriage for all" law is one of the biggest social reforms in France since his left-wing mentor and predecessor
Francois Mitterrand abolished the death penalty in 1981, a move which also split opinion.

Lawmakers in the lower house National Assembly, where Hollande's Socialists have an absolute majority, passed the bill by
331 votes for and 225 against.
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April 23, 2013
A sign reads, "Thanks" as people gather to celebrate the passage of a law allowing same-sex couples to...
Paris, France
A sign expresses 'Thanks' as people gather to celebrate after the French parliament approved a law allowing...
A sign reads, "Thanks" as people gather to celebrate the passage of a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, in Paris April 23, 2013. French lawmakers passed a bill on Tuesday, a flagship reform pledge by French President which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. The law legalises gay marriage and gives gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
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April 23, 2013
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) hugs Justice Minister Christiane Taubira (2ndR) after a final...
Paris, France
French Prime Minister Ayrault hugs Justice Minister Taubira after a final vote on bill legalising same-sex...
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) hugs Justice Minister Christiane Taubira (2ndR) after a final vote on bill legalising same-sex marriage at the National Assembly in Paris April 23, 2013. French parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children on Tuesday, a flagship reform pledge by French President which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. The law legalises gay marriage and gives gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 23, 2013
French humorist and TV host Virginie Merle, also known as "Frigide Barjot" (C), spokesperson for "La...
Paris, France
French humorist and TV host Virginie Merle, also known as "Frigide Barjot" is surrounded by French CRS...
French humorist and TV host Virginie Merle, also known as "Frigide Barjot" (C), spokesperson for "La Manif pour Tous" (Demonstration for All) group who protest against France's legalisation of same-sex marriage, sits at a cafe terrace as French CRS police stand guard, near the National Assembly in Paris, April 23, 2013. French parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children on Tuesday, a flagship reform pledge by French President which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. The law legalises gay marriage and gives gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
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April 23, 2013
Valerie Trierweiler (L), companion of French President Francois Hollande, arrives at a gathering to celebrate...
Paris, France
Valerie Trierweiler, companion of French President Hollande, arrvies at a gathering after the French...
Valerie Trierweiler (L), companion of French President Francois Hollande, arrives at a gathering to celebrate the passage of a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, in Paris April 23, 2013. French lawmakers passed a bill on Tuesday, a flagship reform pledge by French President which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. The law legalises gay marriage and gives gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
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April 23, 2013
Valerie Trierweiler (R), companion of French President Francois Hollande, kisses Dutchman Wilfred de...
Paris, France
Valerie Trierweiler, companion of French President Hollande, kisses Dutchman Wilfred de Bruijn, after...
Valerie Trierweiler (R), companion of French President Francois Hollande, kisses Dutchman Wilfred de Bruijn, who was beaten up with his boyfriend by unknown assailants as they walked arm-in-arm earlier this month, as people gather to celebrate the passage of a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, in Paris April 23, 2013. French lawmakers passed a bill on Tuesday, a flagship reform pledge by French President which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. The law legalises gay marriage and gives gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
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April 23, 2013
French humorist and TV host Virginie Merle, also known as "Frigide Barjot" (L), spokesperson for "La...
Paris, France
French humorist and TV host Frigide Barjot attends a final vote on bill legalising same-sex marriage...
French humorist and TV host Virginie Merle, also known as "Frigide Barjot" (L), spokesperson for "La Manif pour Tous" (Demonstration for All) group who protest against France's legalisation of same-sex marriage, attends a final vote on bill legalising same-sex marriage at the National Assembly in Paris April 23, 2013. French parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children on Tuesday, a flagship reform pledge by French President which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. The law legalises gay marriage and gives gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
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April 23, 2013
View of an electronic voting results board in the hemicycle after the final vote on bill legalising same-sex...
Paris, France
View of an electronic voting results board in the hemicycle after the final vote on bill legalising same-sex...
View of an electronic voting results board in the hemicycle after the final vote on bill legalising same-sex marriage at the National Assembly in Paris April 23, 2013. French parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children on Tuesday, a flagship reform pledge by French President which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. The law legalises gay marriage and gives gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
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April 23, 2013
A gay couple kisses as people gather to celebrate after the French parliament approved a law allowing...
Paris, France
A gay couple kisses as people gather to celebrate after the French parliament approved a law allowing...
A gay couple kisses as people gather to celebrate after the French parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children, in Paris April 23, 2013. French lawmakers passed a bill on Tuesday, a flagship reform pledge by the French president which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. The law legalises gay marriage and gives gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
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April 23, 2013
People gather outside Marseille's town hall to attend a demonstration to support the passage of the same-sex...
Marseille, France
People gather outside Marseille's town hall to attend a demonstration to support the passage of the same-sex...
People gather outside Marseille's town hall to attend a demonstration to support the passage of the same-sex marriage bill in Marseille, April 23, 2013. French parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children on Tuesday, a flagship reform pledge by French President which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. The law legalises gay marriage and gives gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
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April 23, 2013
A man holds a sign which reads, "Yes" as people gather to celebrate the passage of a law allowing same-sex...
Paris, France
A man holds a sign as people gather to celebrate after the French parliament approved a law allowing...
A man holds a sign which reads, "Yes" as people gather to celebrate the passage of a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, in Paris April 23, 2013. French lawmakers passed a bill on Tuesday, a flagship reform pledge by French President which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. The law legalises gay marriage and gives gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
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January 27, 2013
A demonstrator holds Barbie dolls as they march through the streets of Paris in support of the French...
Paris, France
A demonstrator holds Barbie dolls as they march through the streets of Paris in support of the French...
A demonstrator holds Barbie dolls as they march through the streets of Paris in support of the French government's draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
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January 13, 2013
Thousands of demonstrators march in Paris, to protest France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage,...
Paris, France
Thousands of demonstrators march in Paris, to protest France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage...
Thousands of demonstrators march in Paris, to protest France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage, January 13, 2013 .REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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January 13, 2013
Thousands of demonstrators gather on the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, to protest France's...
Paris, France
Thousands of demonstrators gather on the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Thousands of demonstrators gather on the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, to protest France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage, January 13, 2013 . REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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December 16, 2012
People hold signs which read, "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity - No More, No Less" as they take part in...
Paris, France
People hold signs which read, "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity - No More, No Less" as they take part in...
People hold signs which read, "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity - No More, No Less" as they take part in a march for same-sex marriage and in support of the government's draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples in Paris December 16, 2012 REUTERS/Julien Muguet (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
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April 23, 2013
French gendarmes apprehend a demonstrator during clashes at the end of the "La Manif pour Tous" (Demonstration...
Paris, France
French gendarmes apprehend a demonstrator during clashes at the end of the "La Manif pour Tous" (Demonstration...
French gendarmes apprehend a demonstrator during clashes at the end of the "La Manif pour Tous" (Demonstration for All) to protest against France's legalisation of same-sex marriage, in Paris, early April 24, 2013. French parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children on Tuesday, a flagship reform pledge by French President which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. The law legalises gay marriage and gives gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY POLITICS)
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April 23, 2013
A masked demonstrator jumps to kick a barrier during clashes at the end of the "La Manif pour Tous" (Demonstration...
Paris, France
A masked demonstrator jumps to kick a barrier during clashes at the end of the "La Manif pour Tous" (Demonstration...
A masked demonstrator jumps to kick a barrier during clashes at the end of the "La Manif pour Tous" (Demonstration for All) to protest against France's legalisation of same-sex marriage, in Paris, April 23, 2013. French parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children on Tuesday, a flagship reform pledge by French President which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. The law legalises gay marriage and gives gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY POLITICS)
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April 23, 2013
A masked demonstrator clashes with French riot police within sight of the Eiffel Tower at the end of...
Paris, France
A demonstrator clashes with French riot police at the end of the "La Manif pour Tous" (Demonstration...
A masked demonstrator clashes with French riot police within sight of the Eiffel Tower at the end of the "La Manif pour Tous" (Demonstration for All) to protest against France's legalisation of same-sex marriage, in Paris, April 23, 2013. French parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children on Tuesday, a flagship reform pledge by French President which sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks. The law legalises gay marriage and gives gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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November 17, 2012
Police arrest a demonstrator during a protest supporting a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon...
Lyon, France
Police arrest a demonstrator during a protest supporting a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon...
Police arrest a demonstrator during a protest supporting a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. Parliament is due to vote on it by mid-2013. REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST)
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April 21, 2013
French gendarmes in riot gear stand guard as gay marriage opponents shout slogans after the "Manif pour...
Paris, France
French gendarmes stand guard as gay marriage opponents shout slogans after the "Manif pour Tous" protest...
French gendarmes in riot gear stand guard as gay marriage opponents shout slogans after the "Manif pour Tous" (Demonstration for All) protest march against France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage near the Invalides in Paris, April 21, 2013. France's lower house of parliament prepares for a final vote on the law Tuesday, which will legalise gay marriage and give gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS SOCIETY)
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April 21, 2013
People gather at the Place de la Bastille from groups including Act-Up (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)...
Paris, France
People gather at the Place de la Bastille from groups including Act-Up to protest against homophobic...
People gather at the Place de la Bastille from groups including Act-Up (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) to protest against homophobic attacks stemming from protests against France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage in Paris, April 21, 2013. France's lower house of parliament prepares for a final vote on the law Tuesday, which will legalise gay marriage and give gay and lesbian couples adoption rights. Sign reads, "No to Homophobia". REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS SOCIETY)
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April 17, 2013
People wave banners as they demonstrate against France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage in...
Paris, France
People wave banners as they demonstrate against France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage in...
People wave banners as they demonstrate against France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage in Paris, April 17, 2013. French deputies start the second reading of a bill which would legalise gay marriage and give gay couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
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April 02, 2013
People hold signs as they demonstrate against France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage as France's...
Marseille, France
People demonstrate over France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage as France's Industrial Recovery...
People hold signs as they demonstrate against France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage as France's Industrial Recovery Minister Arnaud Montebourg (not pictured) visits the exhibition train for industry and innovation at the Marseille St-Charles railway station April 2, 2013. Signs read, "Homosexual Marriage, Adoption. We Demand a Referendum". REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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March 28, 2013
People shout slogans during a demonstration over France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage outside...
Paris, France
People shout slogans during a demonstration over France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage in...
People shout slogans during a demonstration over France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage outside France television studios where President Francois Hollande is interviewed in Paris March 28, 2013. The placard reads: "Do not touch marriage, deal with unemployment". REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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March 28, 2013
A woman with a flag protests outside France television studios where France's President Francois Hollande...
Paris, France
A woman with a flag protests over France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage in Paris
A woman with a flag protests outside France television studios where France's President Francois Hollande is interviewed as she demonstrates over France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage in Paris March 28, 2013. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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February 02, 2013
Opponents to gay marriage, adoption and procreation assistance wave flags and shout slogans during a...
Marseille, France
Opponents to gay marriage, adoption and procreation assistance wave flags and shout slogans during a...
Opponents to gay marriage, adoption and procreation assistance wave flags and shout slogans during a demonstration in Marseille February 2, 2013 .The French parliament on Saturday adopted the main clause of a reform bill that would allow same-sex marriage and grant gay couples the right to adopt children. The placard reads: "Daddy + Mummy it's natural."
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April 17, 2013
A logo is painted on the street by protesters against France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage...
Paris, France
A logo is painted on the street by protesters against France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage...
A logo is painted on the street by protesters against France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage in Paris, April 17, 2013. French deputies start the second reading of a bill which would legalise gay marriage and give gay couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
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January 29, 2013
Alain Escada (2nd R), general secretary of the Civitas Institute, prays as he attends a demonstration...
Paris, France
Escada, general secretary of the Civitas Institute, prays as he attends a demonstration near the National...
Alain Escada (2nd R), general secretary of the Civitas Institute, prays as he attends a demonstration near the National Assembly in Paris January 29, 2013. Christian fundamentalist demonstrated against French government's draft law to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION CIVIL UNREST)
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April 18, 2013
French humorist and TV host Virginie Merle, also known as "Frigide Barjot" (L) stands next to head of...
Paris, France
French humorist and TV host Frigide Barjot stands next to head of the UMP group at the national assembly...
French humorist and TV host Virginie Merle, also known as "Frigide Barjot" (L) stands next to head of the UMP group at the national assembly Christian Jacob (C) stand on a stage during a demonstration with supporters of the movement "La Manif Pour Tous" against France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage in Paris, April 17, 2013. French deputies start the second reading of a bill which would legalise gay marriage and give gay couples adoption rights. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
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February 12, 2013
France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault attends the vote on the same-sex marriage bill at the National...
Paris, France
France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault attends the vote on the same-sex marriage bill at the National...
France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault attends the vote on the same-sex marriage bill at the National Assembly in Paris February 12, 2013. France's lower house of parliament backed same-sex marriage in a vote on Tuesday, paving the way for it to enter law after street marches rallied hundreds of thousands of demonstrators both for and against it. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
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February 12, 2013
Deputies applaud French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira (C) during the questions to the government...
Paris, France
French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira is applauded by deputies during the questions to the government...
Deputies applaud French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira (C) during the questions to the government session before the vote on the same-sex marriage bill at the National Assembly in Paris February 12, 2013. France's lower house of parliament backed same-sex marriage in a vote on Tuesday, paving the way for it to enter law after street marches rallied hundreds of thousands of demonstrators both for and against it. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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November 17, 2012
A couple kisses as they demonstrate to support a draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex...
Marseille, France
A couple kisses as they demonstrate to support a draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex...
A couple kisses as they demonstrate to support a draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples in Marseille, November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. Parliament is due to vote on it by mid-2013. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST)
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April 10, 2013
Dutchman Wilfred de Bruijn (L), with a battered and bruised face, poses with his boyfriend Olivier Coudert...
Paris, France
Dutchman Wilfred de Bruijn and his boyfriend Coudert, with battered and bruised faces, pose outside a...
Dutchman Wilfred de Bruijn (L), with a battered and bruised face, poses with his boyfriend Olivier Coudert outside a cafe in Paris April 10, 2013. De Bruijn, who was beaten up with Coudert by unknown assailants as they walked arm-in-arm, posted a photo of his injuries on the internet to fuel a growing protest for equality as a divisive reform bill to allow same-sex marriage in France drives a spate of homophobic attacks. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
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November 15, 2012
Couples kiss as they demonstrate to support a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon November 15,...
Lyon, France
Couples kiss as they demonstrate to support a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon
Couples kiss as they demonstrate to support a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon November 15, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. Parliament is due to vote on it by mid-2013. REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST)
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October 05, 2012
Julian (R), 41 years old, speaks with his companion Sebastien, 37, in their apartment in Paris, October...
Paris, France
Julian, 41 years old, speaks with his companion Sebastien, 37, in their apartment in Paris
Julian (R), 41 years old, speaks with his companion Sebastien, 37, in their apartment in Paris, October 1, 2012. Julian and Sebastien, who entered a civil solidarity pact (PACS) ten years ago, would like to be legally married as France's new Socialist government is expected to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, reflecting a shift in public attitudes in the majority Catholic nation. The draft law, due to go before French government cabinet for approval at the end of October, states that "marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender". Such a law would also give equal adoption rights to homosexual and heterosexual couples. Picture taken October 1, 2012. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
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April 19, 2005
Bertrand Charpentier (L) and Stephane Chapin arrive at the court of Bordeaux in southwestern France April...
Bordeaux, France
Charpentier and Chapin arrive at the court of Bordeaux in southwestern France.
Bertrand Charpentier (L) and Stephane Chapin arrive at the court of Bordeaux in southwestern France April 19, 2005. The two men exchanged marriage vows on June 5, 2004 in France's first same-sex marriage, celebrated by Noel Mamere, mayor of Begles near Bordeaux, southwestern France. The court must decide today if this marriage is invalid. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau RD/KI
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October 05, 2012
Julian (top), 41 years old, holds the hand of his companion Sebastien, 37, as they speak with Reuters...
Paris, France
Julian holds the hand of his companion Sebastien as they speak with Reuters in their apartment in Paris...
Julian (top), 41 years old, holds the hand of his companion Sebastien, 37, as they speak with Reuters in their apartment in Paris, October 1, 2012. Julian and Sebastien, who entered a civil solidarity pact (PACS) ten years ago, would like to be legally married as France's new Socialist government is expected to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, reflecting a shift in public attitudes in the majority Catholic nation. The draft law, due to go before French government cabinet for approval at the end of October, states that "marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender". Such a law would also give equal adoption rights to homosexual and heterosexual couples. Picture taken October 1, 2012. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)
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April 24, 2013
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