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France gay marriage signed into law

19 May 2013 Last updated at 02:46 BST

France's president has signed into law a controversial bill making the country the ninth in Europe, and 14th globally, to legalise gay marriage.

On Friday, the Constitutional Council rejected a challenge by the right-wing opposition, clearing the way for Francois Hollande to sign the bill.

The first gay wedding could be held 10 days after the bill's signing.

Demonstrations have taken place across France representing both sides of the argument, for and against the bill.

Janet Barrie reports.