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France sets date to say "oui" for marriage equality

France has named Oct. 31 as the date when a draft law authorizing equal marriage will be approved by government ministers.

Despite widespread political and religious opposition, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault insisted there would be no backtracking on a manifesto promise by President Francois Hollande in an interview with AFP.

President Hollande has promised that the legislation will be on the statute books by mid-2013 and there is sufficient cross party support to ensure the government will be able to push it through on schedule.

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