French presidential elections are due to be held in May and the group, formed in , is seeking a repeal of the law. As well as same sex marriage, protesters rallied against surrogate pregnancies, which would allow same sex couples to have children. ManifpourTous estimated that their march attracted around , protesters, though police gave a far lower turnout of 24, The event was held under tight security, with authorities not wanting a repeat of the violence that marred a larger protest in April , during which riot police faced off against youth hurling bottles and fireworks. Streets were sealed off and people were searched, with a total of thirteen arrests made including for drugs possession and offensive weapons.
Tens of thousands march in Paris against same-sex marriage
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Ahead of the protest, some 1, police officers were deployed in Paris and in the central city of Lyon, according to Reuters. The Interior minister, Manuel Valls, warned that any violence towards the police would be dealt with severely. The organization led efforts to stop the legalization of same sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples in France last year. The French government has dismissed speculation that it plans to increase access to medically assisted procreation and surrogacy for gay couples.
By Benjamin Cooper. Australia is one of the only developed English-speaking countries not to have legalised same-sex marriage, despite strong popular support and the backing of a majority of lawmakers. Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus, of the opposition Labor Party, called on the conservative Liberal Party-led government to do more to ensure the debate did not turn ugly ahead of the postal survey next month. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week urged supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage to show mutual respect as their campaigns turned increasingly vitriolic. Rally organiser Anthony Wallace from activist group Equal Love said 15, people attended the event, making it one of the largest gay rights rallies in Australian history.