Posted by | April 23, 2013 12:21 | Filed under: Top Stories

In spite of opponents (pictured facing riot officers), same-sex marriage passed in the lower house, the National Assembly, having already been approved by the Senate.

[It was] a 331-to-225 final vote.

They cast their votes after impassioned speeches by lawmakers for and against the legislation.

President Francois Hollande, who pledged his support for same-sex marriage on the campaign trail last year, will have to sign the bill before it becomes law.

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Opponents, including the Roman Catholic Church, other religious groups and social conservatives, still hope to block the measure by filing a legal challenge with the Constitutional Council.

It would have a month to make its ruling.

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