Here in America we’re still celebrating President Barack Obama’s declaration of support for gay marriage, now French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is following suit.
As Yahoo News reports, starting next year gay couples in France will be allowed to get married and adopt starting in 2013.
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault made a huge announcement to parliament today regarding gay marriage and adoption:
“In the first half of 2013, the right to marriage and adoption will be open to all couples, without discrimination…Our society is evolving, lifestyles and mentalities are changing…The government will respond to that.”
The announcement confirms an election promise by Socialist President Francois Hollande and comes just days after the annual Gay Pride parade in Paris .
As Yahoo reports, a recent survey by pollster IFOP said that gays in France make up 6.5 percent of the electorate, compared with practising Catholics at 4.5 percent.
A number of European nations allow gay marriage, but not France, where only married couples and not civil union partners can adopt.
European nations including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Britain allow gay adoption.
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