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Marriage equality supporters march in streets of Paris

Sunday, January 27, 2013

PARIS — More than 100,000 people marched in Paris Sunday in support of a government-sponsored bill that would legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples.

Demonstrators waved banners emblazoned with phrases such as “Equality of rights is not a threat” as they began marching Sunday from Denfert-Rochereau square in the southern part of the city.

Supporters of a government plan to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption for same-sex couples march in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.
Photo: Benjamin Girette, Associated Press

Placard reads: “With two gay fathers, no more kids badly dressed.”
Photo: Benjamin Girette, Associated Press

Placard reads: “The right to choose.”
Photo: Benjamin Girette, Associated Press

The march drew 125,000 demonstrators into the streets, according to police. That was well above the number counted by police at a similar march in December, but far less than the estimated 340,000 that turned out for a demonstration by those opposed to the proposal two weeks ago.

About 63 percent of French people favor legalizing gay marriage, according to a survey released Saturday, up from 60 percent in December.

The French parliament is due to begin debate on the bill Tuesday and the bill is essentially guaranteed to pass the Socialist-dominated parliament. If it is approved, F rance would become the 12th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

French civil unions, allowed since 1999, are at least as popular among heterosexuals as among gay and lesbian couples. But that law has no provisions for adoption or assisted reproduction, which are at the heart of the latest debate.

President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party has sidestepped the debate on assisted reproduction, promising to examine it in March after party members were split on including it in the latest proposal.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. GO FOR IT!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:51am
  2. nice

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:56am
  3. Just remember to clean up after yourselves, unlike your opponents!!! Beyond not getting fined, it would make great PR!!! <3

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 11:24am
  4. The French sure love to protest.

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 11:42am
  5. I prefer to think of it as a “rally and a march” in support of, rather then a protest. They are pro-marriage equality, where as the other group was protesting against marriage equality.

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 11:53am
  6. Wish I was there

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 11:55am
  7. That’s right take a stand let them see y’all

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:29pm
  8. The fight with love for Equal Marriage! Please become a member and share our fight for equal marriage. My minister has done alot in my community and all he wants is to get married. Please show him that we have a nation that stand behind him! Thank you

    Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:38pm