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French President Francois Hollande Signs Gay Marriage Law

French President Francois Hollande Signs Gay Marriage Law
Plastic figurines of men are pictured in front of the Palais Bourbon, the seat of the French National Assembly, in Paris. Photographer: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

French President Francois Hollande today signed a law authorizing gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, his office said.

The law “will provide new rights for some without taking away any from others,” Hollande said in a video message posted yesterday on the website of Elysee Palace, the presidential residence. The president won’t comment further on the matter, his office said today.

While public opinion favors gay marriage, the French by a small majority oppose same-sex adoption, polls show. France’s constitutional court yesterday approved the law, rejecting a motion brought by opposition members of parliament.

Hollande last month asked for calm after lawmakers voted in favor of the law, saying the focus must turn to repairing the economy. France is suffering from its worst economic contraction since 2009, forcing the president to abandon his 2013 deficit target. Joblessness has surged to a 15-year high as PSA Peugeot-Citroen SA and other manufacturers eliminate tens of thousands of jobs.

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