French parliament has adopted a bill legalizing gay marriages and adoptions for same-sex couples, despite massive opposition protests.
The lower house National Assembly, where President Francois Hollande’s Socialists have an absolute majority, approved the bill on Tuesday with 331 votes against 225.
Before becoming law, the bill must be signed by Hollande and it is going to face challenge in France’s constitutional council.
Conservatives said after the vote that they have filed a legal challenge with the committee.
A verdict from the constitutional council could take up to a month and opponents are hoping during that time to build enough force to pressure the president not to sign the bill.
Critics say that Hollande’s campaign promise to legalize gay marriage has carried a political price, stating he should have focused instead on fixing the worsening economy and soaring unemployment.
The approval comes despite over a hundred of protests during the past months against the same-sex marriage bill, including a rally on March 24, where police attacked thousands of participants with tear gas and batons.
French churches have also condemned the bill, calling gay marriage “a sham” that would “shake one of the foundations of our society.”
On April 9, the upper house of the French parliament approved the first article by 179 votes against 157.
If the bill becomes law, France will be the 14th country in the world to approve same-sex couples to marry, joining countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Belgium, Portugal, Norway, Spain, and Sweden.
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