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Hundreds Of Thousands Protest Marriage Equality In Paris: VIDEO

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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. fun fact - there are the only Parisians who aren't gettin laid.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 13, 2013 2:30:19 PM


  2. KevinVT: The message here were exactly the same, there were no against gays, it was pro family.

    Pro family my ass

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 13, 2013 2:31:16 PM


  3. i *do* love how protests like this are always stocked to the gills with crankety "old" people. as the sun begins to set on them, they pause to reflect on whom it was they hated most in life, and how they can drive one more hurtful weapon into their hearts.

    it's gotta be a sad way to spend your twilight years - desperate to hold onto a world that everyone else has given up on.

    #NotALiberalProblem

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 13, 2013 2:32:27 PM


  4. What is new here? The protesters are the same people who voted for the conservative parties. They don't have the votes in the assemblies which is the only thing that matters.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 13, 2013 2:45:31 PM


  5. Belonsky, 120,000 is not "hundreds of thousands." We already knew that you were unqualified to write on Towleroad. You don't need to keep proving it daily.

    Posted by: Dave | Jan 13, 2013 2:48:24 PM


  6. Quick! While they are all in one spot, can we get them to readily bend over for the Nazis again?

    Posted by: Bollux | Jan 13, 2013 3:01:02 PM


  7. Homo-hating makes strange bed fellows.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 13, 2013 3:30:27 PM


  8. Bill : I don't disagree, but who do you mean as the "strange bedfellows" in this case?

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 13, 2013 3:40:41 PM


  9. They argue that same-sex marriage would cause psychological and social harm to children, which they believe should trump the desire for equal rights for gay adults. Wonder if The Supreme Court is listening? This is a big demonstration.

    Posted by: Gary | Jan 13, 2013 4:32:50 PM


  10. The march passed by my apartment today - it was nearly 100% white older people, mostly bussed in from outside of Paris (so not Parisians). There were also tons of children brought along by their parents (presumably some of whom will turn out to be gay and be scarred by being brought there). What surprised me was that nearly all the "staff" people (security, info, etc) were in their teens and early 20s - perhaps church groups?

    They were blasting songs like "Barbara Streisand", which didn't make much sense given the message. They were also lead by a crazy washed-up commedienne named Frigide Barjot, who probably is frigid and is the French equivalent of Victoria Jackson.

    Of course, there was a similar pro-gay-marriage rally and march a few weeks ago, that was also huge (it was larger than the entire Bastille square and spilled onto the surrounding streets). No people were bussed in for that! It was only locals, and much more impressive!

    Posted by: Karl | Jan 13, 2013 4:48:36 PM


  11. 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. - YUPP


    How could you not have an opinion (even if it's considered criticizing) on what happens to another human being even if those people aren't as close as our neighbors. They are our brothers & sisters & it's human to feel compassion...of course if their government do intend to pass marriage equality it would be a rude awakening for those Christianist!

    Posted by: oh dear! | Jan 13, 2013 5:16:55 PM


  12. Let's not forget that the sleazy French made lesbianism hip in porn movies but only if it served the grubby fetishes of straight guys. Ewww...what a horrible country. A country of smelly, non-bathing primitives.

    Posted by: stephen lucas | Jan 13, 2013 5:27:29 PM


  13. Oh Dear! : Well...then I'd have to have compassion for the marchers too, right? Anyway, I already said I'm sure (I hope) these people are fighting a losing battle against the younger generations of Europeans. (But I'm still reasonably conscious of trying to be too polite to butt into another nation's business TOO much).

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 13, 2013 5:32:25 PM


  14. Stephen : C'mon. They also gave us modern chemistry. And a zillion other scientific advances. They're not just...good food and great sex (though those things are achievements too).

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 13, 2013 5:34:33 PM


  15. Let's not give all the credit to the French for popularizing lesbianism - I think the minute (straight & bi) man learned to walk he had that one figured out as well.

    Posted by: oh dear! | Jan 13, 2013 5:36:48 PM


  16. Didn't we help the French out during World War II when they were about to be annihilated by the Germans? Have the French forgotten the role of gays in D day?

    Posted by: stephen lucas | Jan 13, 2013 5:41:20 PM


  17. Oh...Stephen....I know. And French history is filled with all kinds of awesome homos. But we can throw that argument out there directed against anti-gay protestors in almost any country : the U.S., England, Italy...Germany..Japan....The anti-gay protestors don't represent the country overall, and are not even logical.

    Posted by: Yupp | Jan 13, 2013 5:46:27 PM


  18. Didn't we help the French out during World War II when they were about to be annihilated by the Germans? Have the French forgotten the role of gays in D day? - stephen lucas

    A lot of people/nations allied against the Nazis, in fact even Nazis turned against one another. The French weren't 'saved' simply to imply a dept on them, to suggest this is ridiculous. Every survivor was sacrificed to prevent Hitler to globalize. There is no debt owed, the reward is greater for we live in a far better world than if I'd have to start my day with a Heil!

    Posted by: oh dear! | Jan 13, 2013 6:17:15 PM


  19. The role of women in these anti-gay marriage protests in France can't be denied. One of the organizers is a woman.

    Posted by: stephen lucas | Jan 13, 2013 6:30:49 PM


  20. @ stephen lucas

    Hate like Love has no gender boundaries.

    Posted by: oh dear! | Jan 13, 2013 6:38:57 PM


  21. Actually, despite what a lot of people in the forum are claiming (99% of French citizens are pro-gay marriage), only 52% of French people favor legalizing gay marriage, according to a survey released on Sunday.

    The French aren't as "gay-friendly" as people in the US would like to believe.

    Posted by: Eivar | Jan 13, 2013 6:59:50 PM


  22. stephen lucas
    "Didn't we help the French out during World War II when they were about to be annihilated by the Germans? "
    Before that, it was kind of irony of fate that Louis XVI helped to undercut the British in the American revolutionary war.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 13, 2013 7:04:55 PM


  23. @Eivar
    That poll was released by the Catholics. So don't take it all that seriously.

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 13, 2013 7:15:51 PM


  24. @Eivar. Who commissioned that survey?

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Jan 13, 2013 7:17:53 PM


  25. This is a disaster. Frog attack. No more French fries for me.

    Posted by: SOB | Jan 13, 2013 7:20:17 PM


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