Published: 12 Feb 2013 15:01 GMT+01:00 | Print version
Updated: 12 Feb 2013 15:01 GMT+01:00
After two weeks of frenzied debate in the French parliament, deputies are set to finally cast their votes on whether or not to legalize gay marriage and open up adoption to same-sex couples. Follow the historic moment with The Local’s live blog.
The Live blog has now closed but you can scroll down to find out what happened on this historic day in the French parliament or click here to read an updated article on today's vote.
18:19 - The vote could have been very different today if all the deputies had made the same blunder Centrist leader Jean Louis Borloo made. Intending to vote for the bill, Borloo hit the wrong button on his voting pad and ended up voting against. He'd be useless on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
18:00 - As AFP points out, a separate law on providing medically assisted conception to gay couples, already extended to heterosexual couples unable to conceive, will be debated later in the year.
17:57 - French daily Le Figaro seems to think the bill's next obstacle in the Senate will be more trickier to get passed then many think. The Socialists as the article points out only have a majority of six in France's upper house and it needs the support of the Communists, the greens and the radical left to get a bill passed. Le Figaro points out that some Socialist party senators, from France's overseas territories my abstain from the vote. It is also not clear whether all the radical left MPs will vote in favour of the government. So those in favour should not celebrate just yet. This bill might still have a long way to go.
17:50 - Watch the historic moment France's lower house voted in favour of legalizing gay marriage.
17:35 - What next for comic turned leader of the anti-gay marriage movement Frigide Barjot She's an interesting character, of whom you can find out a lot more by clicking here. Presumably she won't give up the fight although some out there are hoping this will be the end of her daily appearances on French TV.
Carlos Crespo tweets: "Two bits of good news - "Marriage for all" has been voted and soon we will see a lot less of the unbearable Frigide Barjot.
2 bonnes nouvelles: mariage pour tous vote et bientôt on verra bcp moins cette insupportable Frigide Barjot!#mariagepourtous— carlos crespo (@crespocarlos) February 12, 2013
17:30 - More reaction on Twitter
17:23 - Its important to remember that not all gay people were in favour of legalizing same sex marriage. One of those against the bill was Emmanuel Ducamp from the organisation Homovox. He told The Local they would have to respect parliament's decision.
"We need to respect the decision of the people, made by the National Assembly. It does not mean we agree with the text of the bill. Now there is not much we can say. We will have to wait until it goes to the Senate and then the Constitutional Council to see if it becomes law. we have to admit it has been passed by parliament," Ducamp said.
17:18 - More from twitter - "Just the satisfaction of being to watch this moment live"
17:15: By our reckoning France is on its way to becoming the 12th country to legalize same sex marriage after today's vote in parliament.