I almost skipped over this story thinking it was a repost of anti-same-sex marriage protests in Mexico, but alas the Eiffel Tower is in Paris, and so are people in favor of us being second class citizens.
Tens of thousands of people have marched in Paris to call for the repeal of a law allowing gay marriage, six months before France's next presidential election.
The protesters ended up at Trocadero Plaza, near the Eiffel Tower. Police estimated the crowd at 24,000, while organizers gave a figure of 200,000.
They were also protesting Sunday against the use of assisted reproduction techniques and surrogate mothers to help same-sex couples have babies.
Assisted reproduction is allowed in France only for infertile heterosexual couples and surrogacy is banned.
The group organizing the march presents itself as promoting the traditional family model of "one mother and one father." It hopes to influence the debate before the presidential election next year.
None of the major candidates in the election attended the march.
A small group of bare-breasted Femen demonstrators briefly showed up Sunday during the march to protest against what they call "homophobia." The half-dozen Femen protesters were removed by police.
The 2013 law allowing gay marriage exposed deep divisions in French society, prompting big protests for and against such unions. – nbcnewyork.com
Six months before France's election.
Will these protests gain support?
Will it reach the 200,000 level by then?
Will we hear from the candidates?
"I am against gay marriage and against … leaders who oppose the power of the people," said 72-year-old retired engineer, Michel Delaune.
Three years ago, organizers of the pro-family "La Manif pour Tous" campaign, at one point, claimed to have summoned 1.4 million demonstrators on the streets of Paris to show their support for the family union.
The movement then lost momentum after the French government passed a bill introduced in 2013 by then Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, legalizing same-sex marriage.
The campaigners accuse France's government of "family-phobia" for legalizing gay marriage, and they say other planned education policies will harm "traditional families."
The leader of the group, Ludovine de la Rochere, said the movement now had "a bright future" ahead because President Francois Hollande's Socialist government had "destabilized families," giving fresh impetus to the pro-family campaign. – presstv.ir