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article imageFrench anti-gay marriage protestors clash with police in France

By Layne Weiss     Mar 24, 2013 in World
Paris - Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in central Paris in a final bid to stop a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage and adoption.
According to The Guardian, police fought back crowds who pushed their way along the Champss Elysees, despite being banned from there.
Hundreds of thousands of people including conservative activists, children, retirees, and priests met on the capital Sunday in "last ditch effort" to stop the bill from passing.
Police had to fire tear gas during some scuffles, BBC News reports.
Last month, the lower house of France's parliament approved France's "marriage for everyone" bill with a large majority, Al-Jazeera reports.
The bill will be voted on in the Senate next month, The Guardian reports. Both houses are dominated by French President Francoise Hollande and his allies.
According to opinion polls, a majority of French people still support same-sex marriage, but their numbers have recently fallen.
Banners seen at Sunday's protests said things such as "Hands off my filiation" and "We want work, not gay marriage."
According to Al-Jazeera, the protests started off peaceful, and while riots ensued, police were able to get them under control without major issue. Two people were arrested and no serious injuries were reported, The Guardian reports.
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