Sunday 21 January 2018

Thousands march in Paris to repeal gay marriage

Front National Parliament member Marion Le Pen
Front National Parliament member Marion Le Pen

Anna Souci

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 organisers gave a figure of 200,000.

Marchers were also protesting 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 behind the march presents itself as promoting the traditional family model of "one mother and one father." It hopes to influence the debate before next year's presidential election.

With the exception of the far-right Front National Parliament member Marion Marechal Le Pen, none of the major parties attended the march.

The 2013 law allowing gay marriage exposed deep divisions in French society, prompting big protests for and against such unions.

Irish Independent

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