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Hundreds Of Thousands Protest Marriage Equality In Paris: VIDEO


Police estimate about 120,000 people took to Paris' streets today to protest marriage equality there. Organizers, mostly Catholics or Muslims who believe in "traditional marriage" and secular activists who oppose same-sex couples raising children, claim about 500,000 people turned out.

Either way, it was a massive rally, just the latest indication that the Socialist government led by President François Hollande faces stiff, sustained opposition to their plan to expand marriage laws to include same-sex couples.

The BBC has a report from the action:

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Paris over plans to give gay couples in France the right to marry and adopt children.

Three big marches were converging on the Champs de Mars, next to the Eiffel Tower.

The "Demo for all" event was being led by a charismatic comedian known as Frigide Barjot, who tweeted that the "crowd is immense" and told French TV that gay marriage "makes no sense" because a child should be born to a man and woman.

Centre-right UMP President Jean-Francois Cope said the rally would be a "test" for the president because there were "clearly millions of French people who are probably concerned by this reform".

The far-right National Front is also opposed to the change, although its leader Marine Le Pen stayed away from the march, arguing the issue was a diversion by politicians from France's real problems.

Despite the support of the Church and political right, the organizers are keen to stress their movement is non-political and non-religious, and in no way directed against homosexuals, BBC Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield reports.

I've included a video report from today's protest AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. It's not huge by French standards. People there will protest anything. The Christofascist loons will just spin it in their favor

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 13, 2013 11:36:32 AM

  2. The nation that made blowjobs and having a mistress de riguer is all up in arms about the sanctity of marriage. Okay....

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jan 13, 2013 11:41:50 AM

  3. Still a lot of stuffiness in France (a country I love). But they're fighting a losing battle against the young Europeans.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 13, 2013 11:43:21 AM

  4. Less than 2/10 of 1% of the population of France. The other 99% aren't homophobic bigots.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Jan 13, 2013 11:45:39 AM

  5. "mostly Catholics who believe in "traditional marriage"

    Yes sheeple. Keep taking your cues from a man who wears a purple cape and carries a gold scepter.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Jan 13, 2013 11:50:35 AM

  6. Organizers stress their protest is in” no way directed against homosexuals” how do you say absurd in French?

    Posted by: NE Rich | Jan 13, 2013 11:54:03 AM

  7. How many of France's Muslims were there?

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 13, 2013 11:56:14 AM

  8. Aren't the majority of children in France born out of wedlock? Did the Catholics hold a march for that, too?

    Posted by: Hugh | Jan 13, 2013 11:59:43 AM

  9. This is somewhat upsetting, no doubt. Does this mean that we have met OUR Waterloo? In France for the time being perhaps.

    Homophobes everywhere are going to say that the French at least have now shown they have common sense which is often easily doubted here.

    I would love to hear from OS2GUY about this as he is a deeply French American who takes his husband and son to France where he has old family connections.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 13, 2013 12:12:31 PM

  10. Maggie Gallagher's pussy is soaking wet right now.

    Posted by: Andy | Jan 13, 2013 12:13:01 PM

  11. Let's keep this in perspective. The laws WILL pass. They can scream all they like.

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 13, 2013 12:22:39 PM

  12. Do not get impressed real public demonstration in France got in the past several millions people. Do not forget that they were all there, the catholic church and several political groups paid the trip to countryside families to be there, free transport and meal were organized for the day. Someone talk about Muslims, they would never demonstrate with those fascist.

    Posted by: lukebrux | Jan 13, 2013 12:55:02 PM

  13. If Hollande and his party cave to the bigoted activists, then it proves that the French are "cheese eating surrender monkeys".

    Posted by: Chz | Jan 13, 2013 1:06:56 PM

  14. What they said LOL. The French will protest anything, and, remember, it's a lot easier to draw bigots into Paris from all over the country than it would be to get them to DC. The TGV on advanced purchase is cheaper than most airline tickets.
    I think Hollande will look at even liberal states passing gay marriage in the US - considered an ultra-right country to most in Europe - and see the writing on the wall. The french won't be out-liberal-ed! I bet the secular anti-marriage activists are even bigger closet cases than the religious ones in the US. Remember the french guy who dressed as a giant bird? How gay is that? LOL

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jan 13, 2013 1:24:45 PM

  15. Exactly what David from Houston said, Less than 1% of the population. But considering many bigots wouldn't make the trip to Paris, even at 500,000 that would only be less than 1/5 of the population of City of Paris. Is that enough people to say it's okay to discriminate?

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 13, 2013 1:25:00 PM

  16. In no way directed against homosexuals?

    Who is it directed against, then?

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jan 13, 2013 1:25:56 PM

  17. As others have commented, WHO is asking for marriage equality in France if not Gay citizens. To suggest the protest is in "no way directed at Homosexuals" makes no sense given the facts. Gay citizens are clearly the target of this hate.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jan 13, 2013 1:34:08 PM

  18. I think people on both sides of the debate in the UK, France, and the US have to be careful about transcribing fights for marriage equality from one nation to another. France has had civil partnerships since '99, and the UK since 2005. In the US, civil unions and even marriages don't mean that you are treated as straight married couples under federal law. I'm not sure if civil partnered (what a ridiculously clunky name! another reason for marriage equality) couples in France and the UK are treated the same under federal tax laws and pension/retirement laws.

    According to other news reports, there is a gay guy marching with Barjot today, against marriage equality. It does make me sad- as well as angry- that any gay person could do that. Obviously, I can't speak to another's intent and thoughts for doing something like that, but my experience with people like that is that they enjoy the shock value and like to feel edgy- as in "oooh, I'm gay, and I'm different and unique because I don't think marriage should be for us."

    Posted by: scott | Jan 13, 2013 1:38:18 PM

  19. Also note that they had to bus in about half those people. So in a city of several million, they couldn't even find a hundred thousand to show up.

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 13, 2013 1:52:46 PM

  20. It always astonishes me how much more passionate anti-gay people are about denying gay people rights than most gay people are about fight FOR their own rights. And certainly more passionate that the vast majority of our family and friends are about promoting our rights.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jan 13, 2013 1:57:30 PM

  21. Yes, people protest in Paris all the time, it's the capital city. And yes, it was a big protest. All is not as rosy as some 'progressives' would like people to believe in Euroland. But I already knew this. I take anything a shill for the far left or far right with a big grain of salt.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 13, 2013 2:08:12 PM

  22. And anyone takes anything Ratbastard/Jason says with a tablespoon of salt

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 13, 2013 2:10:10 PM

  23. But, as much as I love France and most things French, I know it's not for me to criticize these protestors too much. I'm very self-conscious about butting in on another country's business. Even if it's just giving my opinion.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 13, 2013 2:12:04 PM

  24. Fantastique!

    Posted by: Gary | Jan 13, 2013 2:15:17 PM

  25. This happened here in Spain too. Seven years later, nobody cares.
    Some people were smart enough to even watch the good business that gay weddings are

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 13, 2013 2:29:34 PM

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