21 April 2013
Protesters in final bid to block France gay marriage law
Tens of thousands of opponents of a gay marriage bill thronged the streets of Paris Sunday in a last-ditch bid to block the legislation, under the watchful eye of police after recent violence over the divisive issue. Paris police estimated the march attracted 45,000 people but organisers said 270,000 turned out on a sunny afternoon in the French capital. The mass protest comes just two days ahead of a decisive parliamentary vote on the bill -- which also allows adoption by gay couples -- that would make France the 14th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.