PARIS -- The French parliament on Tuesday approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt, voting after weeks of often angry debate and protests in the streets.
Members of the Socialist government chanted "equality, equality" and stood up to applaud as the result was announced. The center-right opposition party immediately announced its intention to appeal the law, which was adopted by 331 votes against 225.
Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said the Constitutional Court would have one month to make a ruling on the appeal, meaning the first same-sex unions could take place in June.
The vote will make France the ninth nation in Europe and 14th worldwide to allow homosexual marriage.
Until the bitter end, opponents of the bill had hoped to force Socialist President Francois Hollande's government to renounce the legislation, even though he had pledged to see it passed during last year's election. Herve Mariton, a lawmaker with the center-right opposition Union for a Popular Movement, said passing the law was a "triple denial."