France passes gay marriage bill
PARIS (AP) — The French Senate has voted to legalize same-sex marriage in France, putting a landmark bill on track to become law by summer.
The vote in the upper house of parliament — led by President Francois Hollande's Socialists — comes despite boisterous protests. Opponents — mostly conservatives and fervent Roman Catholics — have sought to defend traditional marriage.
Both houses of parliament will now take up a second reading to consider minor Senate changes to the bill passed in February by the National Assembly, also controlled by a Socialist-led majority.
The bill would allow gay marriage and let same-sex couples adopt children. On the campaign trail last year, Hollande pledged to push through such legislation if elected.
About a dozen mostly European nations already allow gay marriage.