Just a day after the French Constitutional Court gave its stamp of approval to the new gay marriage law, the President signed it into law. Towleroad.com reports:
As expected, French President Francois Hollande signed a bill into law today making France the 14th country with marriage equality. It was only yesterday that France’s Constitutional Council approved the bill. The very first same-sex marriages in that country could come as soon as the last week of May. Just before he signed the bill, Hollande expressed his support for marriage equality in France saying: “I will ensure that the law applies across the whole territory, in full, and I will not accept any disruption of these marriages.”
The bill also legalized adoption for same-sex couples, although the Constitutional Council noted Friday that, as the BBC reported, “the interest of the child would be paramount in adoption cases, cautioning that legalising same-sex adoption would not automatically mean the ‘right to a child’.”
The first marriage may be in Montpellier, as LGBQ Nation reports:
The mayor of Montpellier, France announced that her city will celebrate the first gay marriage on 29 May. The celebration will take place as soon as the French marriage equality law is officially promulgated, ten days after signed by president Francois Hollande and published in the Official Journal, explained today (18 May) the city’s mayor Helene Mandroux. Mandroux is expected to marry 40 year-old Vincent Autin, chair of Inter-LGBT Languedoc-Roussillon region and 30 year-old Bruno, who have been together since last September.
Amazing – France is now the 14th country to approve marriage equality nationwide.