Gay couples in France will soon be allowed to get married and adopt children. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced today that starting in 2013, France will take two big steps toward equal rights.
"In the first half of 2013, the right to marriage and adoption will be open to all couples, without discrimination. Our society is evolving, lifestyles and mentalities are changing... The government will respond to that."
The announcement confirms an election promise made by President Francois Hollande.
"The government has made it an objective for the next few months to work on implementing its campaign commitments on the fight against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity."