France now clears a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children too. The bill was approved on April 23 by parliament but was immediately challenged on constitutional grounds by the opposition UMP. Its clearance would see France's first gay wedding in a matter of days. A statement by the council, however, said that gay adoption did not automatically mean the "right to a child" and that the "interest of the child" would be the overriding factor in such cases. The issue of gay marriage has divided France, which is officially secular but overwhelmingly Catholic, with street protests against the bill drawing hundreds of thousands that often spilled over into violence. President Francois Hollande, who had made "marriage for all" a key election pledge, has said he will sign the bill into law once the council ruled on the challenge.Source: AFP << Killer Teething Drug Sends Two to Jail Coffee Intake Lowers Liver Disease Risk >> Recommended Reading Georgian Orthodox Supporters Disrupt Georgia Gay Rights Rally Smashing through police cordons and forcing activists to flee in fear, thousands of Georgian ultra-conservative Orthodox supporters led by priests thwarted an attempt to hold a gay rights rally in the deeply religious ex-Soviet state. READ MORE Brazil Clears Way for Gay Marriage In Brazil, a top judicial panel cleared the way for same-sex marriage, ruling that gay couples could not be denied marriage licenses. READ MORE Being Gay Doesn't Affect Acting Performance Researchers have claimed that being a gay actor significantly affects ratings of his masculinity, but it has no significant effect on ratings of his acting performance. 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 Drug Side Effects Calculator Sanatogen Daily Calorie Requirements More News on: Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?