France has become the 14th nation to legalize marriage equality.
The French National Assembly has finalized passage of the marriage equality bill with a vote of 331-225. Technically, New Zealand approved its bill before France, but together the two represent the 13th and 14th countries to legalize recognition of same-sex marriages. The National Assembly originally supported the bill 329-229 and the Senate passed it with a voice vote.
The debate over marriage equality has been fierce in France, with mass protest, reports of violence by protesters, gay bars vandalized, and politicians threatened. During today’s vote, “Homosexuals must be killed” was a trending topic on Twitter.
Congratulations to France for moving forward with history.