On April 23, the French National Assembly passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, making France the 14th country to grant gays and lesbians the right to wed. The measure, which was approved by the Senate on April 12, now goes to President François Hollande, who has vowed to sign it. Barring a surprise, same-sex marriages could be performed in France as early as June.
In May 2012, Hollande was elected and his Socialist Party won majorities in both houses of France’s legislature. True to their campaign promises, Hollande and the Socialists have pushed through a bill that not only legalizes same-sex marriage but also gives gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt children—a provision that has drawn especially strong criticism from French Catholic leaders.
While recent polls show that nearly two-thirds of French adults support legalizing same-sex marriage, opposition to the change has been intense. Since the beginning of 2013, several anti-gay marriage protests with occasionally volatile crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands have taken place in Paris and elsewhere. Indeed, concerns about the possibility of violent protests surrounding the final vote prompted French authorities to deploy riot police outside the National Assembly.
As of 2013 these are the countries with sam sex marriage:
The following is a list of nations that allow same-sex marriage, either nationwide or in certain jurisdictions.
Countries That Allow Gay Marriage
Argentina (2010) France (2013) Norway (2009) Spain (2005)
Belgium (2003) Iceland (2010) Portugal (2010) Sweden (2009)
Canada (2005) The Netherlands (2000) South Africa (2006) Uruguay (2013)
Denmark (2012) New Zealand (2013)
Countries Where Gay Marriage is Legal in Some Jurisdictions
Brazil (2011) Mexico (2009) United States (2003)
Of the 15 countries that allow same sex marriage in all jurisdictions 10 are European. (66.67%)