France’s Gay Marriage Bill Overcomes Toughest Hurdle

gay-marriage-franceFrance’s same-sex marriage bill is that much closer to becoming law after the Senate voted to approve its most controversial section.

After ten hours of debate, the Senate voted 179-157 to approve Section 1 of the bill, which would remove all references to gender on marriage applications.

According to the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Section 1 was the biggest hurdle and now the Senate will vote one-by-one on the remaining sections of the bill.

Meanwhile, legislation has been plagued by a series of protests and demonstrations, which have recently turned violent.

But if all goes well, same-sex couple should have the right to marry by summer. President Francois Hollande supports the legislation while his Socialist Party controls the senate and the National Assembly, which passed  the bill in February.