Politics

Protests futile as France legalizes same-sex marriage

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French members of Parliament take part in a vote to adopt a bill legalizing same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples, on April 23, 2013 in Paris. The assembly adopted the bill legalising same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples, defying months of opposition protests. In its second and final reading, a majority of lawmakers approved the bill by a vote of 331 to 225.

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Martin Bureau

France on Tuesday became the world's 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage. Parliament voted 331 to 225 to approve the marriage bill, which also allows same-sex couples to adopt children, despite months of protests by anti-gay marriage activists. More protests are expected in reaction to the bill's passage, but supporters of the move are jubilant.

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    Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe speaks in front of the Paris City Hall on April 23, 2013, hours after the French National Assembly adopted a bill legalizing same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples.

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    Bertrand Guay

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    A person dons a wedding dress and sports a mask and colourful headress on April 23, 2013 in Paris some hours after the French National Assembly adopted a bill legalizing same-sex marriages and adoption for gay couples.

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    Martin Bureau

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    Demonstrators opposed to same-sex marriage protest on April 23, 2013 in Paris after the French national assembly adopted a bill legalizing same-sex marriages and adoption for gay couples, defying months of opposition protests.

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    Francois Guillot

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    Anti-same sex marriage activist Frigide Barjot is kissed by another activist as they protest on April 23 in Paris some hours after the French National Assembly, France's lower house, adopted a bill legalizing same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples, defying months of opposition protests.

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    Francois Guillot

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    Two men celebrate the newly adopted same sex marriage lawwith a kiss on April 23 in Toulouse, southern France.

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    Eric Cabanis

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    French members of Parliament take part in a vote to adopt a bill legalizing same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples, on April 23, 2013 in Paris. The assembly adopted the bill legalising same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples, defying months of opposition protests. In its second and final reading, a majority of lawmakers approved the bill by a vote of 331 to 225.

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    Martin Bureau

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    An anti-same sex marriage activist gestures from the public galleries of the National Assembly during the debate on the same-sex marriage on April 23, 2013 in Paris. The National Assembly adopted today the bill legalizing same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples, defying months of opposition protests. In its second and final reading, a majority of lawmakers approved the bill by a vote of 331 to 225.

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    Martin Bureau

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    Anti-same sex marriage activist Frigide Barjot (L) attends the French Parliament session during the debate and the vote to adopt a bill legalizing same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples, on April 23, 2013 in Paris.

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    People opposed to same-sex marriage protest on April 22, 2013 in Nantes, western France, behind a French national flag during a sit-in on the eve of the vote by the French National Assembly on a controversial bill to legalize same sex marriages.

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    Frank Perry

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    Hundreds of people opposed to same-sex marriage protest on April 22, 2013 in Nantes, western France, as anti-riot policemen stand to prevent incidents with some same-sex marriage supporters who also demonstrate in Nantes at the same time.

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    Frank Perry

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    A riot gendarme walks as protestors stand in front of police forces at the end of a demonstration called 'La Manif Pour Tous' (Demonstration for All) which gathered tens of thousands of opponents of the gay marriage bill on April 21, 2013 in Paris.

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    Kenzo Tribouillard

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    Protestors burn flares at the end of a demonstration called 'La Manif Pour Tous', or 'Demonstration for All'.

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    Anti-gay marriage demonstrators raise their fists during a protest 'La Manif Pour Tous' (Demonstration for All) at the Esplanade des Invalides in Paris, on April 21, 2013. Tens of thousands opponents of a gay marriage bill were converged in Paris today in a last-ditch bid to block the legislation, under the watchful eye of police after recent violence. The demonstration tops days of sometimes vicious protests and several homophobic assaults in France, as parliament prepared to vote on the bill making France the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage.

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    Thomas Samson