50,000 anti-gay marriage protesters expected to rally in Paris
Tens of thousands of protesters are taking to Paris streets today to stop France from becoming the 14th country in the world to legalize same-sex unions
The half-naked men of Les Hommen and other anti-gay marriage protesters are expected to join forces in Paris today, in a last-ditch effort to stop same-sex marriage in the country.
France’s Parliament is expected to pass the Marriage for All bill allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children on 23 April.
The French Senate voted earlier this month to legalize same-sex marriage and adoptions by gay couples earlier this month, putting the bill on track to become law by summer.
According to news site France 24, organizers of today’s march say they expect between 30,000 and 50,000 people
In response to the country’s debate on legalizing same-sex marriage, hundreds of thousands of people have rallied in recent months to show their support or opposition to the bill .
Paris in particular has been plagued with an increasing number of homophobic attacks in recent weeks. In addition to arrests of anti-gay protestors and reports of gay bashings, politicians have publicly said that approval of the gay marriage bill will result in violence.
French President Francois Hollande has said in a statement: ‘I can not accept homophobic acts or violence in the demonstrations.’
If the law is approved on 23 April, a mass protest is planned for 26 May to demand its withdrawal and a referendum on marriage equality.