The French assembly is getting ready for its final vote on the marriage equality and marriage adoption bill. Towleroad reports:
The bill, which would also give same-sex couples the right to adopt, was approved in the Senate earlier this month. Since no amendments have been made during debate in the lower house, it will be the final vote on the legislation. The measure is expected to pass. The left, which includes President Francois Hollande’s governing Socialist Party, dominates the National Assembly, where the bill was approved by a large majority in February on its first reading. Hollande will have to sign the bill before it becomes law.
Joe.My.God reports that the opposition, Manif Pour Tous, plans yet another march tonight at 7 PM – see the map above.
Paris police are prepared for violence, deploying water cannons and the city ahead of the vote in March. Pink News reports:
Security is being stepped up around France’s National Assembly building in Paris ahead of a landmark equal marriage vote… Even for a country used to prominent public demonstrations, recent events have taken many people by surprise. Violent attacks against French gay citizens – such as Raphael Leclerc and Wilfred de Bruijn – have surged with several politicians also receiving threats.
Will these protests fade away once the bill becomes law and gay couples start to marry? Or will the violence continued escalate?