title: 'France votes on same sex marriage' published: true publish_date: '31-08-2016 14:56' taxonomy: category:

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    France’s same-sex marriage and adoption bill took one step closer to being signed into law when it was passed by the lower house of parliament on Tuesday. The 329-to-229 vote follows two weeks of parliamentary debate. As in the UK, it has proved a politically divisive topic. The 'Marriage for All' bill was supported by President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party but opposed by many conservative politicians and Christian groups. VoR's Brendan Cole asked Paul Quinio, from the French news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur, just how divisive an issue this had been (audio above). A similar bill was voted through the House of Commonsin the UK last week. The bills have now to pass respectively through the Senate in France, and the House of Lords in the UK. 'Sextreme' activist group FEMEN was in feisty mood, getting in amongst Notre Dame Cathedral's new bronze bells to celebrate Tuesday's vote, and ringing down a farewell on the outgoing Pope Benedict XVI. In January;the group demonstrated toplesswhen the Pope appeared on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica, to protest his stance on same-sex marriage.

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