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Hundreds of thousands march in Paris to oppose marriage equality

Sunday, January 13, 2013

PARIS — Several hundred thousand people converged at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Sunday to protest the French president’s plan to legalize same-sex marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt and conceive children.

The protest march started at three points across Paris, filling streets throughout the city as demonstrators walked more than 3 miles to the grounds of the Eiffel Tower. Paris police estimated the crowd at 340,000, making it one of the largest demonstrations in Paris since an education protest in 1984.

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Many of the protesters came after long train and bus rides from the French provinces.

President Francois Hollande has pledged to push through a marriage equality law with his Socialists’ parliamentary majority, but public opposition — spearheaded by religious leaders — has dampened popularity of Hollande’s plan in recent months.

About 52 percent of French favor legalizing same-sex marriage, according to a survey released Sunday, down from as high as 65 percent in August.

The opposition to Hollande’s plan has underscored divisions among the secular-but-Catholic French, especially in more traditional rural areas, versus urban enclaves. And while polls reflect the majority of French citizens still support marriage equality, support is not as widespread for adoption and artificial insemination.

“The French are tolerant, but they are deeply attached to the family and the defense of children,” said Daniel Liechti, vice-president of the National Council of French Evangelicals, which urged its members to join the march.

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  1. Fuck youuu ! Freedom for everyone !

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:38pm
  2. How about being pro the positive welfare of children..period…it should not matter if parents are same or opposite sex as long as the child is loved and cared for…

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:38pm
  3. Alternate title: Hundreds of thousands in Paris can fuck off.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:38pm
  4. I am going to the pro gay marriage and gay adoption in 2 weeks :-D

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:38pm
  5. i am sure most of them fail at what they do and only want attention

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:39pm
  6. people think they are better its fucking stupid EVERYONE has the right to love who they want to I love with no race and no gender its better that way

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:39pm
  7. … A lot of H8′ERS, thanks to thee-NAZI-Pope!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:39pm
  8. Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:39pm
  9. Very sad what we have come to

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:40pm
  10. Sad how people are intolerant and selfish !

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:41pm
  11. 340,000 people came to protest against marriage equality? That’s actually quite horrifying. Shame on all of them. Bunch of heartless, delusional idiots.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:44pm
  12. Boo!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:45pm
  13. :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:45pm
  14. :-( Marriage Equality for All….!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:45pm
  15. Funny how famous french designers that put that shithole in the map are gay. What to expect of such bunch of rude people? Maybe all gay people should vacation some place else? Just an idea

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:49pm
  16. My partner and i want to visit in july..hmmmm

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:50pm
  17. *cancels trip to Paris*

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:50pm
  18. I didn’t realize people in France could be so selfish. They must have shipped people in from Louisiana and Alabama…

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:50pm
  19. That so called protest attendance was a drop in the bucket compare to those that support marriage equality and gay adoption in France. The president of France promised to legalize gay marriage and gay adoption, I believe he will succeed. Who cares what some has been socialite thinks. LOL. Miss thing needs to go home, take a sedative and have a cocktail.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:50pm
  20. Screw the French, nobody likes them anyway .

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:51pm
  21. If you’re against gay marriage, don’t marry a gay. Let the others decide who they want to marry. Yes to equality!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:52pm
  22. This makes me very sad.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:52pm
  23. Damn fuck you too, Paris!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:54pm
  24. People in hell want ice water………..

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:56pm
  25. There are double that many marching for marriage equality in France. The French love to protest, half the time it isn’t even for something they support. Don’t worry it will pass.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:58pm
  26. I am French and extremely shocked by this movement against marriage for everyone! Myself I’m not proud to be French when I see that, but don’t believe that all French are against marriage for everyone, is fighting a great deal that everyone can access it. 340,000 people it is little, it is nothing compared to those for marriage for everyone!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:58pm
  27. did you see what Good As You Jeremy Hooper found out who is behind this gay bashery in France http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2013/01/noms-coltonbrugger-behind-a-french-let-the-people-vote-site.html

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:58pm
  28. people marching to oppress the rights of others, disgusting. Hitler would be proud.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:58pm
  29. L’egalite du mariage!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 4:06pm
  30. Let someone declare war against France and watch them run to the first homosexual married couple they can find for protection!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 4:11pm
  31. I agree Brian Hitler would be proud. To bad gay Americans helped save these bigots from Hitler. I do need to see the percentage of the french oppose marriage equality. I am hoping it is low.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 4:12pm
  32. Have they never heard of Gay Paree?

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 4:18pm
  33. here we go again

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 4:20pm
  34. It will never change, whatever happens with marriage and civil right rquality for gays. There will always be dissenters and naysayers. Ignore them.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 4:23pm
  35. Were they all married?

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 4:34pm
  36. It’s just a ploy by the Catholic Church. Most Parisien’s are very tolerant and open minded. It’s a propaganda stunt by the church who are losing influence in an increasingly secular country. It will pass especially with the new Socialist government in power. Keine angst folks

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 4:37pm
  37. Boo on France! They will probably be the last European nation to legalize gay marriage making them a laughing stock

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 4:40pm
  38. France already has legalized civil unions. Marriage equality will pass. This new govt has said it will pass it regardless. The Catholic and Muslim religion are behind these protests.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 4:48pm
  39. Are gays taking your rights away? Are they the ones belittling you and calling you disgusting? Do you see them walking out and protesting against you wanting to have something you already don’t have? No so quit trying to steal their rights away.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 4:51pm
  40. protesting equality .. who’s wrong here? scary and crazy.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 4:55pm
  41. Too many lonely, bored, stupid, frustrated, ridiculous, fools in France today.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 5:07pm
  42. Asshole

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 5:17pm
  43. Atheists, lgbt (lesbian, gay…), woman (abortion, contraception…) have one thing in common. Their lives are being burdened by religions. Together, we can end the oppressions. Join us world atheist, like, share and educate.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 5:19pm
  44. Eh Fuck the French

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 5:22pm
  45. Wow, France. Home to the greatest painters, chefs, anti-semites and homophobes?

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 5:31pm
  46. @ David Angle thank you

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 5:59pm
  47. Small mindedness and bigotry knows no frontiers. Thankfully these folk are against history and they will be forgotten!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 6:05pm
  48. WTF happened to GAY paree?

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 7:36pm
  49. Cause France has always been right about equal rights before…oh wait…

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 7:55pm
  50. Good luck with that! Ha!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 8:20pm
  51. They’ve got assholes in France, too? I thought they were so liberated….

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 8:48pm
  52. I really hope the government ignores them and passes marriage equality

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 9:26pm
  53. It’s plain common sense that when you have a bunch of girly men abusing, polluting and corrupting themselves with each other in sexually perverted ways, compounding and exacerbating their wickedness with their ritualistic consumption of a wide variety of mind altering drugs, that they inevitably ALTER their own brain chemistry by their sinful behavior! Their brain chemistry changes as they continue in SIN. Their neural pathways mutate resulting in a reverse polarization of those pathways and then they no longer desire God’s gift to them…a.k.a WOMEN! They become spiritually blind to their own state of perversity, morally corrupted in their inner most being.

    Instead of a using the plumbing that God gave them for its NATURAL and OBVIOUS end-use application (to produce a NATURAL FAMILY) they employ the use of their God given plumbing for EVIL and WICKED end-use purposes! They corrupt not only their minds but their bodies as well!

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 9:30pm
  54. @Lewis Foley: Everything you said is the exact reason people with your mentality are losing and will continue to lose. The fact you walk around with a gun, misguided interpretation of scripture, pseudo-science, and insecurity and fear about your own masculinity has brought nothing but pain and suffering to countless generations. Your last shrieks on the retreat are annoying and only serve to remind civilized society how important it is to toss you on the trash-heap of history. You discourage no one. You energize the need to ensure the damage people like you have committed against humanity is undone forever. Your hubris to assume God is on your side borders on psychosis. All the power people like ever possessed was in your dick and your gun. And now even those can’t help you.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:26pm
  55. These people suck…!

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 2:10am
  56. Unfortanaly, I live in this country and I do my possible for the texts will be voted and giving all rights to LGBT.

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 4:20am
  57. Hard days for gay couple and gay famillies in France these days.. We need your support to win this battle and make a pass in the way to egality !
    http://puisquecestlaguerre.wordpress.com/

    Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 9:10am