Gay Marriage, Adoption Bill Sparks Protest in France

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Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in France to oppose legislation allowing gay couples to marry and adopt.

The peaceful protest on Sunday turned violent when demonstrators tried to push through police barricades toward the presidential palace.

Police fired tear gas to force the aggressors back as they chanted "Hollande, Resignation!"

The "marriage for everyone" legislation is backed by French President Francois Hollande. During his election campaign he pledged to legalize gay marriage.

The measure was recently approved by the lower house of French parliament. But protestors insisted the anti-gay marriage movement wasn't a lost cause.

"It's the second round, sir. It's not the last battle," said Frigide Barjot, an activist who has led protests against the bill.

The measure is set to head to the Senate next month.

Why are so many French upset about this gay marriage law? CBN News Reporter Dale Hurd, who has been covering this issue in Paris, talks about this and more on Newswatch, March 25, following this report.

 

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