Anti-gay marriage protests held in French cities

Anti-gay marriage protests held in French cities

Sun Oct 5, 2014 3:19PM GMT

Tens of thousands of people have staged demonstrations in two major French cities in a show of support for traditional family values and against same-sex marriage.

Demonstrators took to the streets in Paris and Bordeaux on Sunday in protest against medically-assisted procreation techniques for same-sex couples. The protesters also demanded an end to the use of surrogate mothers in the country.

Organizer of the rally, the “Manif-Pour Tous” (Protest for Everyone), said the assisted reproductive methods must be “fought at all costs.” The group has organized a series of massive protests since November 2012, when the French government first introduced the gay-marriage law.

The protests gained momentum after President Francois Hollande signed into law the gay marriage bill on May 18, 2013. The endorsement by the Socialist president came a day after the Constitutional Council approved the bill, rejecting a challenge by the right-wing opposition.

An Ifop poll for the Atlantico website, meanwhile, showed that more than 30 percent of French people were behind the values of Sunday demonstration.

Critics have repeatedly said that the same-sex marriage law will lead to the disintegration of family institution.

The law has also drawn criticism from conservative lawmakers as well as Muslim, Protestant, and Jewish communities, who have demanded that Hollande reconsider the impact of changing “a foundation of society.”

France is now the ninth country in Europe and fourteenth in the world to legalize same-sex wedding. Several other European states, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Norway, Spain, and Sweden have authorized same sex-marriage.

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