As the National Assembly prepared to give its final approval to a bill legalising same-sex marriage and adoption, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called for calm Wednesday. The lower house National Assembly began its second reading of the bill late Wednesday and was to give its final approval on April 23, under a fast-track measure that limited debate to 25 hours. Opposition to the bill has failed to die down, despite it being approved by the Senate last week, with critics vowing mass protests to derail the proposition. Some 2,700 opponents gathered in Versailles outside Paris late Tuesday to protest the bill, leading to scuffles with police. Opponents have vowed new mass demonstrations in the next week. "These protests have a right to take place, we are in a republic. But calls for violence, calls to hate, must be condemned," Ayrault told journalists, urging right-wing politicians to "call for calm" among supporters. The bill has proved hugely controversial in a country that is officially secular but predominantly Catholic, mobilising hundreds of thousands of people for months in pro- and anti-gay marriage protests nationwide, some violent. A mass protest in Paris is also planned for May 26 if the law is approved, to demand its withdrawal and a referendum on gay marriage. Introducing the bill for its second reading, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira decried "spouters of hatred" who had violently opposed it. "This bill takes nothing away from them -- there is more than one way to live as a couple or as a family," she told the assembly.Source: AFP << Boston Doctors Agonize After the Marathon Bombing At US Auction Pink Diamond Sells for Nearly $40 Million >> Recommended Reading Gay Marriage Soon To Be Legalized In New Zealand Gay rights advocates said that the parliamentary vote will represent a milestone in the struggle for equality as New Zealand is poised to legalise same-sex marriage. READ MORE Lithuanian Gays to Film TV Campaign to Promote Gay March Despite Widespread Opposition Despite widespread opposition in the deeply Roman Catholic state, Lithuania's gay community has started filming a TV campaign. READ MORE French Senate Adopts Gay Marriage Law A landmark bill granting homosexual couples the right to marry and adopt has been approved by France's upper house Senate. READ MORE US Republicans Oppose Gay Marriages US Republicans confirm their opposition to gay marriages in a three-day meeting. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Blood Donation - Recipients Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?