France to say "oui" to marriage equality

(Editor's note: Reuters reported today that a high-level French official said that the new government would pass a law legalizing same-sex marriage in 2013.)

It will soon be legal for same-sex couples to marry and adopt children in France, after the new Socialist government announced plans to legalize gay marriage.

French President Francois Hollande is to use the majority he won in parliamentary elections two weeks ago to make good on his campaign promise to legalize gay marriage and adoption.

The president's office issued a statement on Friday pledging to pass the legislation within the next five years, but no specific dates were given.

France will join EU members Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden in legalizing marriage equality.

The government also plans to discuss ways of making life easier for trans-gender individuals, whose legal dealings are often complicated by their change of name and sex.

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