Marriage equality is the law of the land in France, with the bill passed by the legislature having been signed into law Saturday by French President Francois Hollande.
Same-sex couples will be able to marry starting May 28, 10 days from Saturday.
From the BBC:
France's president has signed into law a controversial bill making the country the eighth in Europe, and 14th globally, to legalise gay marriage.
On Friday, the Constitutional Council rejected a challenge by the right-wing opposition, clearing the way for Francois Hollande to sign the bill.
He said: "I have taken [the decision]; now it is time to respect the law of the Republic."
The bill also legalized adoption for same-sex couples, although the Constitutional Council noted Friday that, as the BBC reported, "the interest of the child would be paramount in adoption cases, cautioning that legalising same-sex adoption would not automatically mean the 'right to a child'."
The Front Page Of Le Monde, One Of France's Largest Newspapers, Declared: "The law on gay marriage officially promulgated"
Saturday's signing followed an intense debate in the legislature before final passage of the bill April 23.
The opposition was intense — if a bit unusual — on the streets as well.
But, before the weddings, a celebratory concert is scheduled for Tuesday.
Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
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