France's National Assembly has adopted legislation allowing homosexual couples to marry and adopt children. The legislation, a key election pledge of Socialist President Francois Hollande, was backed by 329 deputies and was opposed by 229 after months of frenzied debate. The formal vote came 10 days after lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of its key article which redefines marriage as a contract between two people rather than between a man and a woman. The Senate, the upper house of parliament, will debate the law from April 2. Gay marriage has proved to be a highly divisive issue in officially secular but overwhelmingly Catholic France, with hundreds of thousands taking part in protest marches. The anti-gay lobby is set to stage a new march on March 24. Opinion polls suggest a clear majority of French voters support the right of gay couples to wed and a narrower majority favour them being granted the right to adopt as couples. Gay men and women can already adopt as individuals if approved by social services. 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.Source: AFP << New Antibiotic Shows Similar Effectiveness For Treating Ski... Love in Public can Ruin Relationships, Says Study >> Recommended Reading France's National Assembly Passes Gay Marriage Vote The first and most important article of a controversial law that will allow gay couples to marry and adopt children was overwhelmingly approved by France's National Assembly. READ MORE Thousands Support Gay Marriage in Paris Two days before a key parliamentary debate on the hugely divisive issue, thousands of gay rights campaigners packed the streets of Paris to call for the legalization of gay marriage. READ MORE Karl Lagerfeld Backs Gay Marriage at Paris Couture Show Karl Lagerfeld, a German fashion designer used the finale of his Chanel haute couture show in Paris to signal his support for gay marriage. 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 Iron Intake Calculator Drug Side Effects Calculator Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?