France has become the 14th country to approve a law allowing same-sex marriage, according to the BBC.
The bill, which also legalizes adoption by gay and lesbian couples, passed 321-225 in the French parliament, as Socialist President Francois Hollande made the law his flagship social reform.
He is expected to sign the bill once it has cleared any challenge in the constitutional council.
The issue of marriage equality split France. Recentlydespite a police banhundreds of thousands of people staged a final protest in Paris against the measure, the BBC noted in a separate piece. There were scuffles and police fired tear gas as the protest spilled over onto the Champs Elysees, the avenue that runs past the president's palace.
More protests are expected; thousands of police have been deployed in central Paris in preparation.