The Socialist government of French President Francois Hollande will introduce a gay marriage bill in October.

“In October, we will send a bill to the National Assembly and the Senate to allow same-sex couples to marry,” French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told Socialist Party members at their annual gathering. “It would also allow them to form families and adopt children.”

Socialists won control of both houses of Parliament in June, just weeks after Hollande was elected to lead the nation. The Hollande administration has since reiterated that it is committed to implementing Hollande's campaign pledge to legalize gay nuptials and open up adoption to gay couples.

Two weeks ago, the Catholic church showed its opposition to the plan by asking churchgoers to pray for “newly elected officials” to put their “sense of common good over pressure to meet special demands.” It also asked that “children cease to be objects of the desires and conflicts of adults and fully benefit from the love of a father and mother.”

A majority of French people support gay marriage, according to several polls.

Currently, France recognizes gay couples with PACS, a form of domestic partnership which offers significantly fewer protections for gay couples than marriage.

(Source: The Wall Street Journal.)