France Has Reached Marriage Equality

A bill that extends marriage and adoption rights to gay and lesbian couples in France has passed in a 331-225 assembly vote.

1. The French National Assembly has finalized passage of the marriage equality bill with a vote of 331-225.

The National Assembly originally supported the bill 329-229 and the Senate passed it with a voice vote.

4. In the moments before the vote in France the Hashtag on twitter that was trending translated to: “Homosexuals Must Be Killed”:

Hashtag trending in France: “Homosexuals Must Be Killed” #IlFautTuerLesHomosexuels— JoeMyGod

#IlFautTuerLesHomosexuels J’laime se hashtag— LOGANITOO

#IlFautTuerLesHomosexuels Une extermination massive

— C.H (@Cheikouuu)

#IlFautTuerLesHomosexuels Une extermination massive— C.H

#IlFautTuerLesHomosexuels #IlFautTuerLesHomosexuels #IlFautTuerLesHomosexuels #IlFautTuerLesHomosexuels #IlFautTuerLesHomosexuels

— J'ai une grosse bite (@OoMontana)

#IlFautTuerLesHomosexuels #IlFautTuerLesHomosexuels #IlFautTuerLesHomosexuels #IlFautTuerLesHomosexuels #IlFautTuerLesHomosexuels— J’ai une grosse bite

8. For some tense moments during the vote order could not be maintained.

Shouts and jeering broke out:

9. The front page of the website of France’s newspaper Le Monde:

10. The impending law has been a great source of division in the country, with bizarre protests and escalating violence.

Demonstrators hold anti gay marriage and French flags during a rally in Paris. The letters on the flags read “Demonstration for all”.

Michel Euler / AP

11. Police organized legions of officers and a small battery of water cannons at France’s National Assembly as lawmakers prepared for the final vote.

French CRS riot police form a line near the Invalides during a demonstration against France’s planned legalization of same-sex marriage in Paris.

Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters
Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters

People take cover from tear gas as they take part in a demonstration against France’s planned legalization of same-sex marriage in Paris earlier this week:

Benoit Tessier / Reuters

Protestors wear French Revolution Phrygian caps as they shout slogans and hold copies of the “Code Civil” (law texts) as they take part in the “Manif pour Tous” (Demonstration for All) protest march:

Jacky Naegelen / Reuters
Stephane Mahe / Reuters

French police in riot gear stand guard as gay marriage opponents wave a French flag:

Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters
Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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