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Mon 28 Jan, 2013
By Robert Ingham

Gay rights activists packed the streets in Paris in support of the motion

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Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris at the weekend to call for the legalisation of gay marriage.

Gay rights activists packed the streets in Paris in support of the motion, two days before a key parliamentary debate of the hugely divisive issue, and comes just two weeks after huge numbers descended on the capital in protest about government plans to legalise gay marriage and adoption.

Police state there were about 125,000 people there on Sunday, whilst organisers put the numbers at around 400,000, which is higher than turn-outs at previous marches, though lower than the one at the march on 13th January which protested against legalisation.

Despite this, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayault has backed the rally, and has said that the outcome of the equality bill is imminent, saying “The law will be passed and with a large majority too.”


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