Liberté, égalité, fraternité! The French National Assembly has overwhelmingly made its final vote for the "Marriage for All" bill that would recognize marriage equality and gay adoptions. The final vote was 331 to 225, reports France 24.
The weeks leading up to today's vote were marked by violent protests and confrontations with police. On the eve of the vote, National Assembly Pesident Claude Bartolone received a letter "filled with gunpowder" warning him to delay the vote.
Justice Minister Christiane Taubira would implement the new bill if it becomes law. Taubira is the highest ranking Black cabinet official ever in French government.
France becomes the 14th nation to legalize equal marriage nationwide. It joins Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Uruguay. Brazil, Mexico and the United States allow equal marriage in certain states.
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