Same-sex marriage bill appears headed for passage in France

Same-sex marriage bill appears headed for passage in France
In this Sunday Dec. 16, 2012 file photo people demonstrate in support of the government project to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption for same-sex couples in Paris. The banner in foreground reads: Gay Family Association. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)

PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament has approved a sweeping bill to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children.

President Francois Hollande's Socialists have pushed the measure through the National Assembly and put France on track to join about a dozen, mostly European nations that grant marriage and adoption rights to homosexuals.

The measure, approved in a 329-to-229 vote Tuesday, comes despite an array of demonstrations in recent weeks by opponents of the "marriage for all" bill. Polls show most French support legalizing gay marriage, though that backing softens when children come into play.

The Assembly has been debating the bill and voting on its individual articles in recent weeks. The overall bill now goes to the Senate, which is also controlled by the Socialists and their allies.

Locally, a group has formed to get same-sex marriage on the Oregon ballot in 2014. A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was passed by Oregon voters in 2004.

But supporters say they are ready to try again after same-sex marriage measures passed in neighboring Washington and two other states during the 2012 election.

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