French lawmakers voted to establish legal marriage equality for the country’s same-sex couples. So the French parliament has become the 14th in the world to pass a law extending marriage to same sex couples. They cast their votes (a 331-to-225 final vote) after impassioned speeches by lawmakers for and against the legislation. Much to the anger of religious groups. French polls also revealed a gradual shift in public opinion. In a recent survey 58% said they supported same-sex marriage, while 53% opposed adoption by gay parents. France becomes the latest country to approve marriage for everyone, after New Zealand and Uruguay. Passage of the divisive bill will admit France to a small but growing club. President François Hollande has already pledged to sign the bill into law. Once the law is finalized, France will be the ninth country in Europe.