French Senate approves same-sex marriage bill

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French Senate approves same-sex marriage bill

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The French Senate has said ‘I do’ to gay marriage, but the battle rumbles on.

The bill was voted through with only minor amendments.

By law it must now face a second reading at the National Assembly which is expected next Wednesday.

France remains divided on an issue that has led to many mass protests. Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) Senator, who is against the bill has not given up hope.

“The parliamentary process continues. So we will keep talking with the French people who seem to be changing their minds. The latest polls show a majority of French people opposed to this bill. So nothing is definitive and the debate continues.”

François Rebsamen, a Socialist party Senator points out that the opposition is standing on the wrong side of history.

“The problem of the right is that they are always late. They were late on the decriminalisation of homosexuality, that was proposed here in 1978 by Senator Caillavet. They were late on the contract of Civil Unions (PACS) when they were comparing Senator Voynet and others to animals. They are late today, they are late compared to society,” he reaffirmed.

The debate now goes to the streets, as opponents have announced demonstrations for the end of May.