French Senate adopts gay marriage law
PARIS - Agence France-Presse
People hold a rainbow umbrella and a placard that reads "Yes" on their balcony during a demonstration against gay marriage, adoption and procreation assistance in Paris, April 4, 2013. REUTERS/Christian HartmannFrance's upper house Senate voted Friday to adopt a law granting homosexual couples the right to marry, which has sparked widespread opposition and protests from conservatives and religious groups.
The vote, by a show of hands, followed days of intense debate. The bill must still technically face a second reading in the lower house National Assembly, but lawmakers there already adopted it in a first reading on February 12.