French protest against same-sex marriage, over 300,000 in attendance


As the country marched for marriage equality yesterday in the United States, thousands marched against it on the other side of the world. 

An estimated 300,000 people in Paris, France marched in an anti-gay protest on Sunday to stop the legalization of same-sex marriage and adoption based on a recent bill sponsored by their President Francois Hollande.

Protestors included men, women, children, the elderly and various religious public figures that have been vocal about opposing LGBT equality.

Same-sex couples have been able to have civil unions in France since 1999, but like in the US, they don’t have the same marital rights that heterosexual married couples have. 

According to the Associated Press, at the end of the march, protestors tried to run the barricades on to the Champs-Elysees, causing police to fire tear gas into the crowd.

This is the second protest in Paris against equality this year. The first was held in January. Police estimate that 40,000 less showed up to this most recent protest.

There was also a pro same-sex marriage march at the end of January in France with over 120,000 people in attendance, but the anti-LGBT protest has brought more supporters to the streets. 

However, poll shave shown that the majority of the public support same-sex marriage in France. 

President Hollande, a socialist, has said that he would push for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Opposing protestors have expressed outrage and say that this decision will corrupt children and that it is unnatural to have anything other than a “traditional” heterosexual marriage. 

The French Senate will review gay marriage legislation in April. 

Check out the pro-equality march that took place in San Francisco here. 


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