France votes gay marriage into law
Updated at 8:38 pm on 18 May 2013
After months of heated political debate and street demonstrations, same-sex marriage and adoption has become legal in France.
President François Hollande signed the controversial bill a day after the Constitutional Council rejected a legal challenge by the right-wing opposition.
France follows New Zealand, which became the 13th country to legalise same-sex marriage last month.
The first gay marriages could be celebrated as early as June.
The anti-gay marriage lobby, backed by the Catholic Church and conservative opposition, argues the bill will undermine an essential building block of society.
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