France: Thousands march for LGBT rights

French pro-LGBT activists

During a separate protest in Lyon on January 26, a group holds signs about equality, gay-straight solidarity, and reminding people of France’s separation of church and state since 1905. Photo: Jeff Pachaud

BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Washington Blade

More than an estimated 100,000 people marched through the streets of Paris on Sunday in support of a proposal that would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children in France. French television reported that police said 125,000 people took part in the protest, while organizers placed the figure around 400,000.

poll the website Atlantico.fr released on Saturday found 63 percent of French people support same-sex marriage, compared to 60 percent who said they bac the issue last month. Forty-nine percent of respondents also support adoption rights for gays and lesbians, compared to 46 percent in December.

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