French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced Tuesday that Gay couples in France will be allowed to get married and to adopt children beginning next year.
In a speech to the National Assembly, he said:
“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.”
This upholds an election promise made by Socialist President Francois Hollande.
Several European nations allow gay marriage, but currently not France, where only married couples and not civil union partners can adopt. European nations that allow gay adoption include: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Britain.
Same-sex marriage has been legalized in six European Union states: Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. Civil unions have been legalized in a further ten states: Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.