A number of protests were conducted on Saturday in various locations throughout France in response to a proposed bill that would allow gay couples to legally marry and adopt children. Police were present to maintain peace and order during the protests.
Tens of thousands of people gathered in the streets of Paris to join the Catholic Church in a protest against the proposal of a new law that would allow gay couples to marry and adopt children. President Francois Hollande is attempting to get the law passed.
Reuters reports that a group known as "Demons for All" organized the protest. The group's name is intended to be a mockery of the "marriage for all" slogan. The group has argued that the passing of the law would result in "major and dangerous upheaval."
According to BBC News, many of the protesters wore pink T-shirts and scarves while carrying balloons featuring images of a man and woman holding hands together with two children.
Many counter-protesters who are in support of gay marriage also took to the streets. Many of them threw rice and confetti to symbolize their desire to legally marry.
Opponents of the proposed law also staged similar protests in other cities across the country Saturday afternoon. Russia Today reports that police in the city of Toulouse had to use tear gas when the protests in that city got out of hand. Police also detained around 200 counter-protesters in Lyon.
The National Assembly of France is expected to examine the proposed bill in January 2013. The bill will likely to be voted on sometime during the middle of the year.
France currently recognizes civil unions between two people of the same sex, but gay marriage is not officially recognized. The current law also only grants married couples the right to adopt.