“Love has won out over hate,” Helene Mandroux, mayor of the southern city of Montpellier, told Reuters.
After a long and contentious fight for marriage equality, France becomes the 14th nation to legalize gay marriage. On Friday, May 17, President Francois Hollande signed a law, which takes effect on May 29, 2013, allowing marriage for and adoption by same-sex couples in France.
This historic event comes after much controversy, debate, and protest (often violent), as thousands have taken to the streets. As such, opponents of gay marriage in France (mostly made up of right-wing organizations, religious groups, and the Union for a Popular Movement) are committed to continuing their campaign with a protest on May 26 in Paris. “There are homophobic, violent acts that are committed. The right to demonstrate is recognized and accepted by the French. But no event should degenerate, attack public property or people,” Hollande says in response to the homophobic violence.
Although surrogacy remains illegal in France, and is not part of this legislation, the law does allow gay parents through international surrogacy to adopt their child(ren). The adoption part of the law ensures that both the biological and non-biological mothers or fathers have parental rights recognized in France.
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