Agence France-PresseApril 23, 2013 12:01
France's lower house National Assembly on Tuesday adopted a bill legalising same-sex marriages and adoptions for gay couples, defying months of opposition protests.
In its second and final reading, a majority of lawmakers approved the bill by a vote of 331 to 225.
"After 136 hours and 46 minutes of debate, Parliament has adopted the law opening marriage to same-sex couples," the Socialist speaker of the Assembly, Claude Bartolone, said after the vote.
Justice Minister Christiane Taubira hailed the adoption of the bill as a "historic" moment in French history.