Following up on a campaign promise by new President Francois Hollande, the French government has promised to legalize same-sex marriage by as early as 2013.
“Within a year, people of the same sex will be able to marry and adopt children together,” Dominique Bertinotti, junior minister for families, told Le Parisien. “They will have the same rights and duties as any married couple.”
If it comes to pass, such a measure would bring Catholic France up to speed with other European Union nations like Spain, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands. Though the topic of homosexuality is still something of a social taboo, a recent poll indicates 60% of French people support gay marriage.
They’re certainly not as hung up on traditional values as their American cousins: Prsident Hollande has fathered four children out of wedlock.