100 000+ French protest gay marriage

2012-11-17 22:05

Paris - More than a hundred thousand people on Saturday rallied in France against plans to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption, according to police figures obtained by AFP.

In Paris alone, 70 000 people turned out at one rally, said police, although organisers put the figure at 200 000.

Police said a further 22 000 protested in the southeastern city of Lyon. Officers there detained around 200 would-be counter-demonstrators who had come to oppose the main rally.

Several thousand people also turned out to march in Toulouse, in the southwest. Police there used teargas against a group of several hundred activists who tried to confront the main rally in a counter-protest.

Up to 8 000 marched in the southern city of Marseille, where they too were confronted by supporters of gay marriage.

Another demonstration against gay marriage has been called in Paris for Sunday by the Catholic organisation Civitas.

On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI called on the French church to make its voice heard on social issues.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-11-17 22:36

    Out of all the valid ills of this world, they waste their time and energy trying to prevent consenting adults from living normal lives...facepalm

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-11-18 01:07

      You know, Johncarlos, I am really shocked at this. For some reason I thought the French were progressive. Can't be for religious reasons, surely? After all, martial affairs are not frowned upon much, from what I've read.

      sipho.songa - 2012-11-18 05:27

      Normal lives? Two men together is NOT normal

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-11-18 06:41

      Black South Africans living in suburbs was once was women wearing pants and rock music. Move with the times dude.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-18 08:19

      According to the Bible God created a man and later on where HE found out that man was bored then HE took a part from the man that he created and created a woman. Now tell me where do we come from with this crap of becoming back door mechanics.

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-11-18 12:14

      According to the bible, a dust man and a rib woman was fooled by a talking snake into eating a knowledge giving fruit. I'm sorry, but your fairy-tales don't really carry much wisdom.

  • Moses Ali - 2012-11-17 23:06

    does god permit this?............................................ i don't think so.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-11-17 23:27

      Dont want a same sex marriage? Quiet simply dont get one. You have no right to tell those who love each other that they are not allowed to marry each other. Quote one chapter out of the bible in its proper context to prove that god does not promote same sex marriages, i assure you, you wont find one. Unless you do what all homophobes do and quote small verses of the bible out of its original context to justify your hatred.

      matusowsky - 2012-11-17 23:42

      Does God exist? I don't think so... (oh and I know this comment will be down voted).

      cameronrh1 - 2012-11-17 23:48

      @Mike, whether God exists or not is besides the point. If people actually read their bibles they would know God is not against same sex marriages or couples. But its a few indoctrinated homophobes who get taught a few out of context verses from the bible and believe same sex marriage or couples are wrong. (I'm agnostic btw, not Christian if you were wondering)

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-18 00:21

      I believe that inherent within the God-given right to the pursuit of happiness, is the equally God-given right to the pursuit of unhappiness. That is why I support gay marriage.

      sipho.songa - 2012-11-18 05:28

      Agree Moses, two people of the same sex is not love but LUST ...

      johnny.potatoes61 - 2012-11-18 09:32

      No one really cares what your god thinks.

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-11-18 11:44

      Umm, Cameron? What version of the bible are you reading? That piece of crap is EXTREMELY against gays.

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-11-18 11:46

      "Does god permit this?" It happens, therefore your sky-fairy lets it happen. Or did you mean "condone" instead of "permit"?

  • boramk - 2012-11-18 04:54

    So tell me people, what do you gain from stopping people from marrying? Did it make your day better?

      cameronrh1 - 2012-11-18 10:24

      Originialy the definition of marriage was the consummation of a marriage. Not what we have today, todays version of a marriage is more for legal purposes.

      bg - 2012-11-18 11:13

      Amanda - g-d forbid one of your children turn out to be gay - and they had to read the rubbish you believe as being right and true ;)

      dlouw84 - 2012-11-18 11:25

      @ Amanda. Please enlighten me as to how you cane to equate homosexuality with polygamy and paedophilia? I would LOVE to get some insight into your train (-wreck?) of thought! Some of your conclusions and rants are absurd, harmful, derogatory and absolutely baffling. You are making an embarrassment of yourself. To assist you on your exodus from stupidity, here is an enlightening quote by Harlan Ellison, which I think is most befitting to your unfortunate disposition: "You are not entitled to your opinion; you are entitled to your INFORMED opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant." For more enlightening reading material, please go to: On gay parenting: I can post more links ad nauseam, but I trust you are Google literate. Please focus on scholarly and scientific literature, as to avoid any Sarah Palin-ean (or any other Republican) utterances and other uninformed rants.

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-11-18 11:49

      What is wrong with polygamy?

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-11-18 12:15

      And it wouldn't shock me if the Catholics follow.

  • erik.prinsloo.1 - 2012-11-18 06:32

    Well done to the French - that shows sense and guts!

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-11-18 11:51

      I think it shows hypocrisy.

  • Ignatious Kudzie Chikafu - 2012-11-18 06:34

    one thing these so called gays should look at are the figures of the protesters, 70000 vs 200, and by the way, last week they were attacking Uganda left ryt and centre! attack France lets see, and the surnames of all those supporting gays here are not African. F@!k, its not normal to be one and this shld be banned

      mshiniboys - 2012-11-18 07:13

      An excellent point.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-11-18 10:26

      @ignatious, you truly are ignorant. If i was in uganda i would also be attacking left right and centre right now. A backwards thinking country on the verge of implementing a law legalising the death penalty of two consenting adults of the same sex who love each other. Grow up!

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-11-18 11:53

      Define normal. natural? Why are you driving a car? going with the flow? Nazi's, Apartheid etc.?

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-19 09:18

      Wow Ignatious.. maybe 'so called' black people like yourself and Mshiniboys should give gay people the same rights and respect you demand for yourselves..? After all they didn't choose to be gay any more than you chose to be black. But ignorance and lack of compassion for your fellow human beings - that is something you can work on.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-23 00:59

      @Ignatious - oh, so you think it's alright for Uganda to kill gay people? The sad thing is, if this gay had not been 5,6 when apartheid ended, I would have protested your rights being trampled on. Too bad you don't have enough class to respect other's rights. If you want to necklace gay people, go to Uganda. They'll welcome you with open arms. Egwaveni. Umama wakho walale ngenja.

  • nico.leroux1 - 2012-11-18 06:41

    Wow, I am surprised! The French of all people. I didn't see that coming!!

  • grace.kandetu - 2012-11-18 07:08

    To have anti gay views in 2012 is just embarrassing. People need to move with the times or sit quietly in the back because you cannot stop this.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-19 09:24

      So true and its in our constitution not to discriminate against anyone, no matter their race, sex or sexual orientation. Everyone should have the freedom to love who they want to. We are all equal but Christians like to think they are more equal than the rest...

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-19 09:27

      sorry I change that to 'religious people' - bigotry is is a nasty human condition. I hate stupid people.

  • sandro.nassi - 2012-11-18 07:34

    Italy a couple of years ago repealed its law giving rights. Today it's France. These so called First world regressive countries need to learn from the progress being made in third world countries such as Malawi which is swiftly moving forward.

  • - 2012-11-18 08:16

    Way to go France.The gays are a bunch of hooligans attacking the marchers.Do the gays think they alone have the right to march.Gays are quick to talk about democracy then they should practice it.Sis on them.

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-11-18 12:12

      Listen Hep. Want to know how it feels to be discriminated against for being gay? I saw a bumper sticker once: "I don't mind straight people, as long as they act gay in public."

      Tharina25 - 2012-11-27 14:00

      Sorry what??? I am gay and have never in my life been a hooligan or attacked anyone. I have never even been to a march. I just live my "normal" life everyday like everyone else.

  • carl.h.witte - 2012-11-18 08:34

    Why are so many black people anti gay? Forgotten what discrimination is like? Or struggling to come out of the closet?

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-11-18 11:56

      "If your'e black, and Christian, You have a very short memory."

  • janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-11-18 12:28

    70000 protested in Paris. That means (2.2 million - 70 thousand) DIDN'T.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-19 09:21

      and for that we will always be grateful!

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-18 13:56

    I don't get it... If you are not gay then why do you care if gay people can get married or not? It's not taking anything away from you... it's just giving other tax paying citizens the same rights as you have?? Dumb a$$es!

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-23 01:00

      hear hear. F@@K the haters.

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