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February 12, 2013

France's landmark vote for marriage equality

Gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples gets approved by French lower house.

Demonstrators protest against French President Francois Hollande plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption in Paris, France. AP GraphicsBank

The French parliament convened for a historic vote legalising gay marriage and allowing same-sex couples to adopt. Groups on the right delayed the National Assembly's final vote by presenting more than five thousand amendments to the original bill. After receiving a majority vote, the bill is slated for further debate in the Senate next month.

Using the hashtag #mariagepourtous, French netizens and parliamentarians sparked a conversation on the marriage equality vote.