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French Lawmakers Pass Gay-Marriage Bill With Protests Continuing

The French parliament passed a law allowing same-sex marriage and adoption that has split public opinion in the country.

After daily protests across France -- many of which turned into a lightning rod for anger over President Francois Hollande’s economic policies -- the bill passed in a vote today by 331-225. It was put forward by Hollande’s Socialist Party, which has a majority in the National Assembly. The French Senate approved the bill on April 12.