Around 70 anti-gay protestors were arrested on Monday in Paris, France, for attempting to camp outside the National Assembly in demonstration against a court’s decision to move up the deadline for the adoption of marriage equality legislation.
It is now expected that the legislation will be called for a final vote on April 23, weeks earlier than initially planned.
On Sunday, police stopped 19 other protestors as they waited outside a concert hall for Interior Minister Manuel Valls.
Anti-gay protestors have promised to continue with demonstrations after the French Senate passed legislation back to the National Assembly that would leagalize same-sex marriage and grant adoption rights to same-sex partners.
President Francois Hollande approved the original bill that would legalize adoption and marriage for same-sex couples back in November. In order to slow down the process, anti-gay legislators added 5,000 parts to the bill, but the National assembly passed it in a vote of 329-229 in February, sending it back to the Senate who passed the legislation last week. The bill returns to the National Assembly with minor Senate changes for final approval.
An estimated 300,000 people in Paris marched in an anti-gay protest last month, a gathering that ended in police firing tear gas at people jumping barricades.
Anti-gay supporters say that this decision will corrupt children and that it is unnatural to have anything other than a “traditional” heterosexual marriage.
Despite anti-gay protests, a national poll shows that France is in favor of same-sex marriage, and French President Francois Hollande has reaffirmed that he is in favor of legalization.
5,000 people took part in a rally last week holding signs that read things like “Our love is stronger than your hate,” in response to the anti-gay protestors.
If the legislation passes it will make France the 13th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.