France finally became the 14th country to legalize gay marriage on Saturday when President Francois Hollande signed the bill that legalizes same sex marriage into law. But ugly protests that have marked the legal process will continue even now that the bill is passed.
The country's Constitutional Council approved the law on Friday, clearing the last hurdle before Hollande's signature was required to make it a reality. The bill was passed by the French parliament in April. The French opposition party had tried to argue the bill violated the constitution, but the Council disagreed. They ruled same sex marriage "did not run contrary to any constitutional principles", and that it doesn't violate "basic rights or liberties or national sovereignty." So there you have it: France finally joined the elite club of countries where gay marriage is legal. Hollande campaigned on bringing gay marriage to France and, at the end of the day, he achieved it. He'll always have that to fall back on (it's not going that well otherwise) no matter what else happens during his presidency.
Despite polls showing the majority of France supports gay marriage, ugly and sometimes violent protests have come hand-in-hand with the legal fight over gay marriage. Opposers have shown up in massive numbers to protest the gay marriage bill. And despite their legal loss, they plan to continue protesting. French humorist and one of the country's mout outspoken gay marriage critics Frigide Barjot is already planning a May 26 protest. She promises millions of people will join her in protest even though the legal fight is over.
Seems like a productive use of time.
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