After several months of heated debate, on April 23, the French National Assembly definitively authorised marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, when it passed controversial “marriage for all” legislation by 331 votes to 225 .

“This is a great day in the history of democracy,” remarked Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who is quoted by the Polish daily. France is the ninth European country to introduce same-sex marriage.

The vote is also an important symbol of homosexual rights in Europe, remarks the newspaper.