Over 100,000 French protesters rally against gay marriage

2012-11-19 00:26:13 GMT2012-11-19 08:26:13(Beijing Time)  SINA English
Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against the government's plan to approve same-sex marriage and adoption.in in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Signs with slogans such as "One child (equals) one father + one mother" can be seen everywhere.(Photo/Agencies)Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against the government's plan to approve same-sex marriage and adoption.in in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Signs with slogans such as "One child (equals) one father + one mother" can be seen everywhere.(Photo/Agencies)
Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against the government's plan to approve same-sex marriage and adoption.in in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Signs with slogans such as "One child (equals) one father + one mother" can be seen everywhere.(Photo/Agencies)Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against the government's plan to approve same-sex marriage and adoption.in in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Signs with slogans such as "One child (equals) one father + one mother" can be seen everywhere.(Photo/Agencies)
Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against the government's plan to approve same-sex marriage and adoption in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Signs with slogans such as "One child (equals) one father + one mother" can be seen everywhere.(Photo/Agencies)Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against the government's plan to approve same-sex marriage and adoption in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Signs with slogans such as "One child (equals) one father + one mother" can be seen everywhere.(Photo/Agencies)
A birdman caught people's attention with a pair of wings that read "mother and dad".Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against the government's plan to approve same-sex marriage and adoption in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Signs with slogans such as "One child (equals) one father + one mother" can be seen everywhere.(Photo/Agencies)A birdman caught people's attention with a pair of wings that read "mother and dad".Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against the government's plan to approve same-sex marriage and adoption in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Signs with slogans such as "One child (equals) one father + one mother" can be seen everywhere.(Photo/Agencies)
Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against the government's plan to approve same-sex marriage and adoption in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Signs with slogans such as "One child (equals) one father + one mother" can be seen everywhere.(Photo/Agencies)Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against the government's plan to approve same-sex marriage and adoption in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Signs with slogans such as "One child (equals) one father + one mother" can be seen everywhere.(Photo/Agencies)
Police try to hold back protesters.Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against the government's plan to approve same-sex marriage and adoption in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Signs with slogans such as "One child (equals) one father + one mother" can be seen everywhere.(Photo/Agencies)Police try to hold back protesters.Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against the government's plan to approve same-sex marriage and adoption in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Signs with slogans such as "One child (equals) one father + one mother" can be seen everywhere.(Photo/Agencies)
A protester is taken away by the police. Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against the government's plan to approve same-sex marriage and adoption in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Signs with slogans such as "One child (equals) one father + one mother" can be seen everywhere.(Photo/Agencies)A protester is taken away by the police. Tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against the government's plan to approve same-sex marriage and adoption in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille. Signs with slogans such as "One child (equals) one father + one mother" can be seen everywhere.(Photo/Agencies)

By Wang Yang, Sina English

More than 100,000 people rallied across France on Saturday to protest a government bill that would grant marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples. Police used tear gas against activists who tried to stage a counter-protest.

Around 200 would-be counter-protesters were detained in Lyon.

Police said that around 70,000 people turned out to protest the bill in Paris – although event organizers put the figure at 200,000.

Paris protesters marched to the Invalides monument – the final resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte. The French leader created the country’s civil code, which states that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

The demonstrators held banners which read, “One child (equals) one father + one mother” and called the bill a “major and dangerous upheaval.”

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