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Originally published Friday, April 12, 2013 at 2:42 AM

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French Senate passes gay marriage bill

The French Senate has voted to legalize same-sex marriage in France, putting a landmark bill on track to become law by summer.

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PARIS —

The French Senate has voted to legalize same-sex marriage in France, putting a landmark bill on track to become law by summer.

The vote in the upper house of parliament - led by President Francois Hollande's Socialists - comes despite boisterous protests. Opponents - mostly conservatives and fervent Roman Catholics - have sought to defend traditional marriage.

Both houses of parliament will now take up a second reading to consider minor Senate changes to the bill passed in February by the National Assembly, also controlled by a Socialist-led majority.

The bill would allow gay marriage and let same-sex couples adopt children. On the campaign trail last year, Hollande pledged to push through such legislation if elected.

About a dozen mostly European nations already allow gay marriage.

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