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Article published the Sunday 13 January 2013 - Latest update : Sunday 13 January 2013

Massive rally expected for anti gay marriage protest in France

Anti gay marriage protest
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By RFI

Protesters against the proposed legalisation of gay marriage are expected to number tens, possibly hundreds of thousands in a day of demonstration around France on Sunday.

Opposition to the government’s bill has gathered momentum in recent months. Protesters across the country have hired 90 coaches and five high-speed trains to head to Paris.

There will be three different marches across the city which will converge near the Eiffel Tower.

In the demonstration
In the demonstration
Silvia Celi Borges

The French parliament is to debate the bill, one of the key electoral pledges of Socialist President Francois Hollande, at the end of this month.

A poll published overnight found that 56 percent of the French back gay marriage, while half oppose same-sex adoption.

An earlier protest march on November 17 drew more than 100,000 people across France, with some 70,000 rallying in Paris alone.

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has said the government will stick to the project, irrespective of the magnitude of the protest and has rejected calls for a referendum on the issue.

tags: France - François Hollande - Gay marriage - Paris - Religion - Socialist Party
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