PARIS – France’s Senate voted today to approve the marriage-equality bill. The vote was not close, and was conducted by a show of hands.
Because the Senate tinkered with minor items in the comprehensive bill, the measure will require a second vote by both the National Assembly and the Senate. The bill is expected to sail through the second reading.
The marriage-equality bill has stirred passions on both sides of the issue, although a thin majority supports the measure. Opponents have held large rallies against the bill, and anti-gay violence has spikes in recent weeks.