Paris Marches for Marriage
Same-sex marriage and adoption rights were at the forefront of a populous march in Paris Sunday. A survey released Saturday showed an increase of 3 percent in support of marriage equality (63 percent) in France.
According to the Associated Press:
Demonstrators waved banners emblazoned with phrases such as “Equality of rights is not a threat” as they began marching Sunday from Denfert-Rochereau square in the southern part of the city.
The march drew 125,000 demonstrators into the streets, according to police. That was well above the number counted by police at a similar march in December, but far less than the estimated 340,000 that turned out for a demonstration by those opposed to the proposal two weeks ago.
France has recognized civil unions since 1999. The buck stops there, however, because civil unions do not legally cover adoption or assisted reproduction rights.
If the marriage equality legislation passes parliament (as it is expected to), France would become the 12th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.