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French parliament backs main clause in gay marriage law

PARIS - The French parliament on Saturday adopted the main clause of a bill that would allow same-sex marriage and grant gay couples the right to adopt children.
Deputies voted 249-97 to back the clause eliminating opposite gender as a condition of the right to marriage.
The draft law, the first major social reform of Francois Hollande's presidency, has sparked major protests.
In Paris, around a thousand people holding placards saying "We are all born of a man and a woman" gathered near the Invalides monument, not far from the parliament building, a few hours after the deputies' vote.
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