ÉGALITÉ

French Parliament Passes Gay-Marriage Article

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.