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125,000 Come Out To Support Marriage Equality In France: PHOTOS


Over 100,000 French citizens took to the streets of Paris today to show their support for marriage equality there.

The New York Times reports:

Demonstrators waved banners emblazoned with phrases like "Equality of rights is not a threat" and chanted: "What do you want? Equality! When do you want it? Now!" Another placard showed a version of the French government’s seal, but with two Mariannes kissing. Under the words "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" was the slogan "No more, no less!"

According to the police, the march attracted about 125,000 people, twice the number that took part in a similar demonstration in mid-December. Two weeks ago, a rally by those opposed to the proposal drew what the police said were 340,000 people into the streets of Paris.


In contrast to the opponents who demonstrated two weeks ago, many of the marchers on Sunday were relatively young and personally invested in the future of the law.

Nicolas Marquart, 37, a physiotherapist, made the trip from Strasbourg with his partner, with whom he is in a "civil solidarity pact," and another gay couple. "I'm here as a gay man, and because it would be nice, since we are still in the 21st century after all, to see our morals evolve. It would be a good thing to all have the same rights."

"Since we're in the 21st Century..." makes an excellent pro-equality slogan. The man below, meanwhile, prefers "God likes Men."


See a few more snaps of today's action AFTER THE JUMP.




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  1. The City of Lovers. The City of Equality.
    Make us proud!
    Nothing says romance like romance for everyone.

    Posted by: Marc | Jan 27, 2013 5:02:36 PM

  2. I'm not sure what god likes men means.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 27, 2013 5:20:55 PM

  3. Thank you, people of Paris, City of Light.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 27, 2013 5:46:39 PM

  4. Daniel Day-Lewis: "despair can be a surprisingly productive emotion."

    Posted by: Josh | Jan 27, 2013 7:19:27 PM

  5. Viva La France!

    Posted by: Andy | Jan 27, 2013 7:21:59 PM

  6. "Dieu aime les hommes" is "God loves men". God likes men would be "Dieu aime bien les hommes". In any case, go France! Liberté, ÉGALITÉ, fraternité!

    Posted by: William | Jan 27, 2013 7:40:00 PM

  7. Oh PAUL - "God likes men" means take'em by the balls. They're sweet, thery're nice, thery're handsome, they kiss like fire, and they love to f**k...what's not to like.
    Jeeze man get a grip.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 27, 2013 9:21:06 PM

  8. Vive la France! I see an Occitan flag! My people!

    Posted by: Marco | Jan 28, 2013 12:00:17 AM

  9. Another article said there was at least one other rally in another French city....Lyon I think.

    Posted by: raleighrob | Jan 28, 2013 9:33:01 AM

  10. Oh man...there's endless political demonstrations and protests in Paris. Causes all kinds of problems getting around. The natives hate them. I'm sure they were moaning about all the provincials clogging up their streets.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 28, 2013 10:28:06 AM

  11. We are all praying for rapid movement on marriage in France, Britain, Rhode Island, Uruguay, New Zealand, and Illinois.

    Posted by: DB | Jan 28, 2013 1:53:36 PM

  12. Paris the city is already quite congested. People mostly use Metro to get around. This a a video link of the demonstration:
    Just scroll down to the bottom.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 28, 2013 1:57:09 PM

  13. By the way, the demonstrators were mostly locals. The provinces had their own demonstrations. Since the organizations which oppose "marriage for all" bussed in the "provincials", that explains why they had that many people.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 28, 2013 2:05:30 PM

  14. Actually (and although I did not directly participate, having recently become a "provincial"), according to friends, there were so many more people than were expected that they created two marches — the estimate by the police at 125 000 was put at over 400 000 by other sources (news polls etc.). What I don't understand is that it's regularly reported that 65% of the French population support gay marriage (the PACS—civil partnerships for anyone gay or straight—went through years ago without anyone even blinking an eye or shedding one small tear).
    By the way, Ratbastard, Parisians are so used to all kinds of demonstrations on all subjects that they don't even notice them anymore. It's part of their heritage and part of the constitution. Nobody complains. Except American tourists.

    Posted by: tinkerbell | Jan 28, 2013 4:36:27 PM

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