French bird man dances against gay marriage

Protesters hatch a plan to stop France's gay marriage and adoption bill by performing a bizarre bird dance

French bird man dances against gay marriage
26 October 2012

From guillotines to crippling strikes, the French have got protesting down to a fine art.

Gay marriage is the latest civil right which has stirred the revolutionary spirit in France with demonstrations for and against the legislation becoming more and more creative.

You may not agree with the message, but one group of anti-gay marriage and adoption protesters definitely score points for artistic merit.

The bizarre YouTube video features a man dressed as a bird performing a piece of avant-garde theater to show the importance of opposite sex parents.

After seemingly hatching, the man-chick reveals the words ‘papa’ and ‘mama’, father and mother in French, written on its wings.

The protest ends with him flapping triumphantly while other campaigners chant.

It’s the latest flamboyant protest in France to capture people’s attention.

On Wednesday (24 October) a photo showing two women kissing in front of shocked anti-gay marriage protesters in Marseille went viral.

France plans to legalize gay marriage and adoption next year, but despite widespread support for the plans the proposal has seen fierce opposition from religious leaders in the country.

More than 1,200 French mayors and their deputies have signed a petition protesting marriage equality, demanding a ‘withdrawal clause’ for elected leaders who do not want to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples.

Catholics also revived a centuries old tradition, the ‘Prayer for France’, to specifically attack the government plans.

In a recent poll, it was revealed 65% of French people back gay marriage, and 53% agree with adoption by same-sex couples.

Watch the French bird dance protest below:

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