Entries in Same-Sex Couples (3)


Britain One Step Closer to Allowing Same-Sex Marriage

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Britain's House of Commons voted in support of the Marriage Bill on Tuesday, which would enable same-sex couples to legally wed.

However, while it's endorsed by Prime Minister David Cameron, the measure still has to pass another vote in that chamber and faces an uncertain future in the House of Lords.

Many within Cameron's own Conservative Party remain opposed to allowing gays and lesbians to get married.

Since 2001, 11 countries around the world have permitted same-sex marriage, while a handful of U.S. states have also sanctioned the unions.

Cameron believes the Marriage Bill will level the playing field for people of all lifestyles in Great Britain, adding that besides equality, "it's also about a stronger society."

The prime minister also wants to modernize the Conservative Party despite ongoing resistance to the legislation.

British public opinion polls show 55 percent of respondents support same-sex marriage.

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Huge Protests in Paris over Same-Sex Marriage

DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- The City of Lights has turned into the city of fights over same-sex marriage.

An estimated 300,000 people marched in Paris on Sunday to protest President Francois Hollande’s controversial "marriage for all" bill.

The president and his government contend that the measure's intention is to simply extend equal benefits to gay and lesbian couples but opponents, including Catholic conservative groups, say it subverts traditional family values.

One of the provisions that has got some people up in arms is allowing same-sex couples to adopt children in France.

Yet, despite the huge protests, Hollande might ultimately win out when debate in the legislature begins soon.  Polls show two-thirds of the citizens in France favor same-sex marriage.

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French Government Approves Marriage and Adoption Rights for Gay Couples

BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/GettyImages(PARIS) -- French lawmakers approved a bill that will make it legal for same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.

During his presidential campaign, President Francois Hollande had promised to expand rights for gay couples. France currently allows for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions.

Though Hollande says the changes would be progress "for the whole of society," more than 1,000 French mayors oppose the bill, and have signed a petition rejecting the proposal, according to BBC News. The Catholic Church is also in opposition to the changes.

The French parliament will debate the bill in January.

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