France introduces bill giving same-sex marriage equal status

07 November, 17:57

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(ANSAmed) - PARIS, NOVEMBER 7 - French President Francois Hollande's government introduced a bill  giving same-sex marriage equal status to heterosexual unions.

The bill would also enable gay couples to adopt children if it is approved.

The law enacting the change will be debated early in 2013, officials said after the bill was approved by the French cabinet.

It follows an election-campaign promise by Hollande and comes in defiance of French religious leaders and the country's main opposition party.

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