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Thousands march in Paris to support gay marriage

Published on Jan 28, 2013 5:56 AM
Demonstrators march through the streets of Paris in support of the French government's draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples on Jan 27, 2013. Sign reads, "For Us Gay Marriage - For You Sad Divorce". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (REUTERS) - Tens of thousands of people marched through Paris on Sunday to support the French government's plan to legalise gay marriage and adoption, but the turnout fell well short of a mass demonstration against the project two weeks ago.

Police estimated total attendance at about 125,000, while organisers put the number at 400,000. Two weeks ago, organisers of the anti-gay marriage protest claimed turnout of one million, while police put the number at 340,000, an unusually high turnout even in protest-prone France.

"There is a big difference between today's march and the one two weeks ago, which is that this demonstration is one of brotherhood, not of hatred," Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe, who is openly gay, said on French television.

"The majority of French people wants all couples to have equality in love and parenthood," Mr Delanoe added.

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