The French government has detailed its plans on introducing marriage equality and adoption rights for same-sex couples in the country.

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told France’s La Croix Catholic newspaper that a draft bill that would “extend to members of the same sex the current arrangements of marriage” was due to be presented to the cabinet at the end of October.

“We will open adoption to homosexual couples,” Taubira said.

“They will be able to adopt children either as individuals or as a couple.”

Same-sex couples will also be able to become legal guardians of their partner’s biological child under the new laws.

“Who is to say that a heterosexual couple will bring a child up better than a homosexual couple, that they will guarantee the best conditions for the child’s development,” she said.

But local rights advocates have criticised a decision not to extend to state-funded artificial insemination to lesbian couples with the bill.

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