A bill which seeks to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry and adopt children cleared France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday.

The National Assembly approved the marriage reform with a 320-to-229 vote and sent it to the Senate for further consideration.

The vote is a victory for President Francois Hollande, who campaigned on the issue of marriage equality.

The vote comes 10 days after the chamber approved the bill's most critical article. Deputies voted 249-97 in favor of expanding marriage to include gay and lesbian couples. They have since considered thousands of amendments to the bill's text, most of them filed by opponents in the conservative UMP Party.

“This law is going to extend to all families the protections guaranteed by the institution of marriage,” Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is quoted as saying by the AP before Tuesday's vote. “Contrary to what those who vociferate against it say – fortunately they're in the minority – this law is going to strengthen the institution of marriage.”

Britain is also debating whether to legalize marriage equality.