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French president legalizes same-sex marriage

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PARIS — France will see its first gay weddings within days, after President Francois Hollande signed a law Saturday authorizing marriage and adoption by same-sex couples and ending months of nationwide protests and wrenching debate. ­Hollande’s office said he signed the bill Saturday morning, a day after the Constitutional Council struck down a ­challenge to the law and ruled it in line with France’s ­constitution. Hollande, a ­Socialist, had made legalizing gay marriage one of his campaign pledges last year. While polls for years have shown majority support for gay marriage in France, adoption by same-sex couples is more controversial. (AP)

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