In the spirit of “liberté, égalité, fraternité”, the French National Assembly approved an important article in a gay-marriage bill on Saturday, putting it well on its way to passing in full. The Assembly voted 249-97 in favor of redefining marriage as an agreement between two people rather than between a man and a woman. The proposal has been controversial, inspiring protests, counter-protests, and speeches in the months leading up to the vote. But according to a recent poll in France, those opposed to the bill are in the minority, with upwards of 55 percent of French people claiming they support gay marriage.
ÉGALITÉ Protest to legalize same-sex marriage in Paris on Jan. 27. (Benjamin Girette/AP)