2. There is an attitude that the French are so far ahead of us stumblebums on this side of the pond.
Granted, we have to go state-by-state, but we've been on the road for awhile, now.
It's the same deal with the sexism in France, that was revealed as a result of the Dominique Strauss-Khan scandal(s). That whole Liberté, égalité, fraternité vibe didn't always include sororité, I guess!
That said, better late than never. Here's hoping they can make this happen, and that there are no stumbling blocks between the draft legislation and the final result--those Le Pen conservatives can be a royal pain when they want to be; I would be shocked if they didn't try to make trouble re: this issue.