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French parliament debates gay marriage law

Published on Jan 30, 2013 5:53 AM
General view of the National Assembly in Paris on Jan 29, 2013. France's National Assembly examines a divisive bill to legalise gay marriage and give gay couples adoption rights. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - France's prime minister on Tuesday predicted that gay marriage will quickly be accepted by a country that has spent months embroiled in rancorous debate between supporters and opponents of the rights of same sex couples to wed and adopt children.

As legislation to that effect was presented to parliament, bridges throughout Paris were bedecked with banners proclaiming opposition to the Socialist government's draft law.

With slogans like, "A father and a mother, it's simple" and "All born of a mother and father", the banners were draped over dozens of bridges across the Seine river, other waterways and the city's ring road, le peripherique.

The stunt represented a last-ditch attempt by the anti-gay marriage movement to persuade parliamentarians to block a reform that has been championed by President Francois Hollande and looks certain to be enacted later this year.

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