A Catholic group is suing feminist activists who dressed as half-naked nuns in protest at an anti-gay marriage march in Paris.
Civitas, which helped organize the mass demonstration in France’s capital on 18 November, is filing a lawsuit against Ukraine-based group FEMEN for ‘sexual exhibitionism’ in front of children.
According to The Local, Civitas president Alain Escada also accused the activists of spreading a message in a violent manner, organised violence with arms and threatening the freedom to protest of others.
Members of FEMEN were attacked by the anti-gay marriage marchers, who claim they were punched and hit by objects thrown by their pursuers.
In 1999, roughly the same number of people came out to demonstrate against the French government’s plans to legalize same-sex and opposite-sex PACS civil unions. However these actions did not change the plans of the government.
Hollande supported in bringing in marriage equality legislation in October, calling the policy ‘marriage for everyone’. The bill is expected to pass in early 2013.
France is also considering removing gendered language in the parenting of children in its civil code, changing ‘mother’ and ‘father’ to ‘parent 1’ and ‘parent 2’.
Gay rights groups have also criticized the bill for not including medical assisted procreation, such as insemination for lesbian couples.
However Hollande has said there could be alterations to the law as it goes through parliament.