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Thousands Rally In Paris Against Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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In anticipation of the upcoming wedding ceremonies, tens of thousands of anti-gay marriage protesters rallied in central Paris earlier today. The Guardian reports on the march and the clashes between demonstrators and riot police:

At least 150,000 protesters converged on Paris, marshaled by more than 4,500 police who were deployed after the government warned of a risk of violence and disruption.

Riot police evicted about a dozen far-right activists who used ladders to climb on to the roof of the Socialist party headquarters and unfurled a banner saying "Hollande resign".

The night before the demonstration, 50 people were arrested after chaining themselves to metal barriers they had placed in the middle of the Champs Elysées and firing smoke canisters. A van carrying masks, banners and smoke bombs was seized by police.

The reform has sparked months of bitter political division over the issue. On Tuesday, a far-right historian shot himself at the altar of Notre Dame cathedral after leaving messages in which he denounced gay marriage.

The marriage equality law, signed by French president François Hollande last week, will go into effect on Wednesday. The move makes France the ninth country in Europe and the 14th globally to legalize marriage equality.

Watch a news report on the anti-gay protest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Marriage equality is the law in France. Noisy bigots marching down a street won't change that fact. Marriage equality in France is forever now. Why does anybody care what these worthless losers think?

    Posted by: Jim | May 26, 2013 9:14:58 PM

  2. 150,000? I had no idea there were so many closeted gays in Paris.

    Posted by: mld | May 26, 2013 9:30:19 PM

  3. Cry me a river french papists!

    Let the Gay marriages begin.

    Posted by: dearcomrade | May 26, 2013 9:44:30 PM

  4. There should be some protests like that here in America too!

    Posted by: Clarke | May 26, 2013 9:58:23 PM

  5. The French have never truly been gay-friendly. They are a pretentious, arrogant people with a very strong element of straight male domination in their culture. When the French make porn, it has a strong element of the bisexual double standard to it. In other words, male homosexual acts are banned in almost all porn that contains both sexes, in stark contrast to the way they embrace the female homosexual act.

    French straight guys are pigs and their girlfriends and wives are man-pleasing prostitutes.

    Posted by: Jason is back | May 26, 2013 10:27:46 PM

  6. These are the far right religious zealots of France and France's biggest embarrassment. This is a fine example why France needs to shed itself of the Catholic Church.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | May 26, 2013 10:28:04 PM

  7. @Jason is back

    Yes, the religious out-of-time people tend to be very intolerant there, just like here. However, the overwhelming majority does not really care about gay marriage. And I don't understand why bisexuality and port have to do with the matter.

    Posted by: Luke | May 26, 2013 10:36:42 PM

  8. Srsly, what the hell is wrong with the French!? This doesn't happen anywhere else equal marriage passes

    Posted by: danswon | May 26, 2013 11:11:19 PM

  9. Luke, Jason-Is-Back means that Jason the troll is back, meaning whatever he says should just be ignored. He is an alias of Rick, who things bisexuality is bad and hates women and the LGBT community.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 26, 2013 11:11:22 PM

  10. Oops MateoM. I didn't know. Thanks!

    To respond to Daswon, the first demonstrations against marriage equality have been taken over by extremist ring-wing members. Nothing to do with marriage any more and that's why so many French people want the demonstrations/riots to end.

    Posted by: Luke | May 26, 2013 11:18:39 PM

  11. What's to rally against, it's on the books. It's the law.

    Posted by: jleo71 | May 27, 2013 12:21:39 AM

  12. I strongly condemn anyone on this site who believes the French are a pretentious people and are a nation of bigots. There are many wonderful people in France, and the majority do believe and support equality for the LGBT community. To have 150,000 protestors from the far-right spectrum protest out of 56 million citizens is a small percentage, and you will find that over time marriage equality will, dare I say, become blaise to the majoity of the French citizenry.

    Posted by: Keith | May 27, 2013 12:21:41 AM

  13. Even if the laws are cemented and there's no turning back, I'm still glad that the people who aren't happy with the changes got out and got their voices heard, and let the pro-gay marriage crowd know that not everyone is an ally or their friend. We're living in this odd time where everyone wants to feel like they're emotionally supported by everyone, and it's simply not true. Unlike in the U.S. and Canada, the French don't worry about being PC or pretend to like everyone and everything.

    Posted by: Brang | May 27, 2013 12:24:35 AM

  14. France has 65 million people, 150K is nothing. They are vocal and violent, but they are not France. They are silly bigots.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | May 27, 2013 12:54:29 AM

  15. I'm sure not everyone who disagrees with gay marriage showed up to the rally. 150k is still a very large # for a protest, and it gets the message across that a sizable number of citizens disagree.

    Posted by: Avi | May 27, 2013 1:11:31 AM

  16. As Brang said, there are probably more people like that in the US except they are afraid to be seen as bigots. They just send their money and hide behind that fat ass Brian Brown. It is no surprise that his donor list is a secret. It was quite unexpected that so many people supported Prop 8 in California.

    Posted by: simon | May 27, 2013 1:14:53 AM

  17. As Brang said, there are probably more people like that in the US except they are afraid to be seen as bigots. They just send their money and hide behind that fat ass Brian Brown. It is no surprise that his donor list is a secret. It was quite unexpected that so many people supported Prop 8 in California.

    Posted by: simon | May 27, 2013 1:14:53 AM

  18. Big deal ... yawn ...... 150 k in Paris .. We get that and more in Boston for gay pride in June ...

    Posted by: MarkBoston | May 27, 2013 1:26:08 AM

  19. 150,000 protesting anything is serious business. It may well mean that France is not nearly as gay-friendly as any of the other nations who have accepted marriage equality. I wouldn't be too comfortable being gay in France...or the Ukraine.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 27, 2013 1:45:45 AM

  20. The anti-Marriage Equality folks have been overtaken by skinheads and extremists. I wish it weren't happening but I'm happy that it means the Katholic Khurch will soon have to distance themselves from the violence.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | May 27, 2013 2:01:23 AM

  21. Is Jason an apologist for evangelical Xtians like Rick is? I hope not.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | May 27, 2013 2:03:16 AM

  22. Rien d'autre qu'une bande de bigots bourgeois sales.

    Posted by: Brad | May 27, 2013 2:18:37 AM

  23. 150,000 protesters equal about 0.2 percent of the population of France. Certainly does not seem to be a very large portion of the population.

    Posted by: ***** | May 27, 2013 2:18:46 AM

  24. One of the three (yes, there were 3!) marches started right outside my door near the Gare d'Austerlitz yesterday, and I have to say that as an American living a long time here in France, it was very unsettling to see such an organized and vocal group of Frenchman against gay marriage. 150K is a LOT of people marching in Paris. I will say that the vast majority of these people are NOT Parisians -- they are from the countryside and have been riled up by the Catholic Right to react against anything Pres. Hollande passes into law. The extremism is the same as in the U.S., except these people are better organized and they do it in plain sight. I don't think France is going to overturn the law and neither does anyone else. My French boyfriend and I walked through the crowd tearing down the stickers they had placed on walls and lamposts -- and people said nothing to us. It was our own bit of physical defiance among all the hateful rhetoric.

    Posted by: mike | May 27, 2013 3:45:16 AM

  25. I don't think it was 150K parisians. Pretty sure the far-right is bussing people in. It's just the issue du jour they're using for opposition, in the same way that Tea Baggers in the U.S. will oppose anything that Obama does, regardless of how they felt about an issue last week.

    Posted by: Mike B. | May 27, 2013 3:46:54 AM

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