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France has voted to legalised same-sex marriage with 331 votes for and 225 against in the French assembly. The first ceremonies will set to take place over the summer.

France is the 9th country in Europe and the 14th country in the world to legalise this type of marriage. Couples will also be able to adopt, but there are still some holes in family law where inequality exists, some of which will be reviewed later in the year.

The vote has not been an easy one. There have been months of street protests and backlash from right-wing politicians slandering adoption by same-sex couples. There has been an increased incidence of homophobic attacks such as the case of skinheads attacking a gay bar in Lille and various death threats.

Has France made the right decision?

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