Posted By: Adrian Garcia | April 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm EST
Information is still coming in but according to Le Point, a french news website, and their source AFP, the French Senate has approved the first article of the same-sex marriage bill by a vote of 179-157 after ten hours of debate. Article one is the most important part of the same-sex marriage bill which includes hundreds of other provisions including same-sex adoptions. Each provision is voted on individually and when all provisions have been voted on, there is a final vote approving the entire bill.
According to LePoint.fr (*Translation by Google):
The Senate has approved Tuesday by 179 votes against 157 the first article of the bill on gay marriage, the most important, who opens the marriage to persons of the same-sex.
This article was adopted “in conformity”, that is to say, without modification from the first reading vote in the National Assembly . This vote becomes final unless the entire bill was rejected after consideration by the Senate. It will not be subjected to a second reading in the National Assembly or the CMP (Mixed Commission).
The vote came after more than 10 hours of discussion on this article in which the right against the bill scrapped by multiplying the catch words in an electric atmosphere. “Despite attempts to obstruct the right, the Senate just adopt Article 1 which allows same-sex couples to marry, “said the group’s president PS François Rebsamen , in a statement after the vote.
“The adoption of this article by a vote of the entire Senate majority, puts an end to the discrimination that resulted from sexual choices of citizens,” he added. “Given the abuses that took place either by manifestations of violence in the street, either by verbal excesses in the chamber, the vote on this article marks a victory for the fight against homophobia, tolerance and the of democracy, “he concluded.