French Bill Would Give Unmarried Couples Legal Rights
The French National Assembly passed a billed which would grant legal status to unmarried couples Wednesday. The bill would give recognized heterosexual and homosexual couples certain advantages including tax and inheritance benefits.
The bill had been vehemently opposed by demonstrators who feared that lesbian and gay couples would use the law to demand adoption rights. Tens of thousands of people protested the bill in public marches.
If passed by the Senate, the bill will next face review by the Constitutional Council.
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries and a delegation from the United States. . . .