Gay Marriage Opponents March in Paris before Vote

Sunday, 24 Mar 2013 03:17 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Hundreds of thousands of people poured onto the streets of central Paris on Sunday to protest against President Francois Hollande's plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption by June.

Television footage showed some scuffles breaking out, with security forces firing tear gas on pink-clad marchers waving flags and chanting slogans against Hollande. In France, anti-gay protesters often wear pink.

Official police estimates put the turnout at around 300,000.

It was the second such protest this year after a similar march in January highlighted eroding public support for the bill that had forced deputies to put off a plan to allow lesbian couples access to artificial insemination.

President Hollande has pledged to push through the law with his Socialists' parliamentary majority and has angered opponents by trying to avoid public debate on the reform, which Justice Minister Christine Taubira described as a "change of civilization".

The French Senate is due to examine the bill in April.

Opponents of gay marriage and adoption, including most faith leaders in France, have argued that the reform would create psychological and social problems for children, which they believe should trump the desire for equal rights for gay adults.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

DeLay to GOP Candidates: Run on More Than Just Obamacare

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 20:22 PM

Republican candidates must do a lot more than just fight the Affordable Care Act if they hope to win back the Senate and . . .

Senate Republicans Rip Obama's Plan to Pardon More Drug Offenders

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 23:02 PM

Top Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday slammed President Barack Obama for again trying to circum . . .

FCC Plans New 'Net Neutrality' Rules

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 21:55 PM

In a move that could undermine the principles of net neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission will propose new  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved