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Thousands March For Marriage Equality In Paris: VIDEO


Thousands of people took to Paris' streets to show their support for marriage equality and gay adoptions today.

Police estimate about 60,000 people were there, smaller than the 100,000 who recently marched to oppose equality, but organizers put the number of people at today's demonstration at about 150,000. Among them was Paris' gay mayor, Bertrand Delanoe.

From Reuters' report:

Marching along to drumbeats and jazz music, the protesters waved rainbow flags and held up signs saying "liberty, equality, dignity" and "hate is not a family value." One sign announced "wedding gifts for gays will boost the economy."

Among their chants was "Oui, oui, oui" (yes, yes, yes) in support of same-sex marriage, adoption rights for gay couples and access to assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination.

The Socialist government's bill would legalize gay marriage and adoption, but not assisted procreation.

I've included some video of the event and interviews AFTER THE JUMP, but they're in French. Still, they're worth a watch..

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  1. The issues are framed completely differently in France than in the US, in terms of the French notions of "Liberty, Fraternity and Equality". The blond man says: "I am against marriage but I am pro-Liberty. So it is important for me to be here."

    Our side will prevail in France. Without the religious component having much weight, it is a much simpler decision for society. Vive La France!

    Posted by: Phil | Dec 16, 2012 4:46:53 PM

  2. The discrepancy between organizers' and police estimate of the number of participants is traditional in France. According to the police only 70 000 thousands marched against marriage equality in November. It's pretty close to those who marched yesterday, all the more so since march in support of gay rights tend to attract people who stand by the march and are not counted. Besides, it's very unusual for the French to march in support of a law, and of a law which has every chance of passing in Parliament. My point, the march was a significant success for marriage equality.

    Posted by: Jeep | Dec 17, 2012 2:50:05 AM

  3. some pictures:

    Posted by: simon | Dec 17, 2012 9:12:18 PM

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