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Protestors report 1 million in Paris march to defend marriage
cna ^ | January 14, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre

Posted on 01/15/2013 2:24:26 PM PST by NYer

La Manif Pour Tous, Protest for All. A march for marriage and familiy in Paris on Jan.13, 2013. Credit: Estefania Aguirre/CNA.

Paris, France, Jan 14, 2013 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Over one million people reportedly took to the streets in France on Jan. 13 in opposition to President Francois Hollande's “marriage for all” proposal.

Figures show between 1.3 and 1.5 million protested against their president's plans to pass same-sex marriage, according Bruno Dary, the former military governor of the city of Paris. Numbers from other media outlets range from an estimated 340,000 to 800,000 attendees.

Set to go before France's parliament Jan. 29, the draft law proposes to redefine marriage as a union “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex.”

“It was a kind of a tsunami,” participant Catherine Vierling said of Sunday's demonstration.

“There was a very strong and powerful feeling of determination from everyone” said Vierling, who was part of the committee of the French Abroad of La Manif pour Tous, the event's main organizer.

“There was a peaceful and joyful feeling combined with an intense, strong power,” she added.

Vierling told CNA that Champs de Mars, a large park next to the Eiffel Tower, was so packed that according to the city of Paris, police had to escort buses that were stuck in traffic.

“There were families from all over the country who traveled the whole day,” she said. “My nephews, nieces and brother-in-law woke up at 6 a.m. to catch the train.”

“There were so many young people and people taking trains back at midnight, but families really felt this was needed,” she added.  

Demonstrators included wide range of participants, many with no reported religious affiliation. Numerous gay individuals took part in the event, with slogans including “We're more gay without marriage.”

Attendees also included French gay city mayor, Jean Marc, who is outspokenly opposed to the legalization of same-sex marriage, as well as members from the organization HOMOVOX, which stands for “one voice for homosexuals.”

Those within the Muslim community, of which many had voted for president Francois Hollande for his immigration policies, were also at the event in disapproval of his plans to legalize gay marriage.

Many also protested against the socialist government's plans to legalize adoption for same-sex couples.

“You can have legal papers to protect a child, but this is uncalled for,” said Vierling, who is also a medical doctor.

“The whole thing will cause children to lose their identity and they need to know they came from a mom and a dad,” she added.

Some also opposed the president's failure to fix the economy with slogans “Give us jobs, don't change law on marriage” and labeling its plans for June as “silly actions.”

There were also socialists protesting against their own government's views saying “Please come back, Jospin, they all went crazy,” referring to France's former socialist prime minister.

Young women dressed as French Revolutionaries with phrygian red caps carried signs with “Don't touch my civil code.”

“This is just a political thing and it's going to create so much turmoil,” Vierling said.

“Our future depends on our feet and if we're walking the streets everything can change from one minute to the next, but not if we just sit at home comfortably watching TV,” she added.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: france; homosexual; homosexualagenda; marriage; moralabsolutes; samesexmarriage

1 posted on 01/15/2013 2:24:34 PM PST by NYer
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2 posted on 01/15/2013 2:25:30 PM PST by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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3 posted on 01/15/2013 2:27:05 PM PST by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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I heard about that yesterday. I was quite surprised and it made me SMILE. :)


4 posted on 01/15/2013 2:29:39 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: NYer

You’d never know this happened if you rely on CNN for news.


5 posted on 01/15/2013 2:31:36 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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Imagine what would have happened if the same attitude toward same-sex marriage had prevailed in the US.


6 posted on 01/15/2013 2:33:25 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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It is a sad commentary on the US when even the French get it. How low we have fallen


7 posted on 01/15/2013 2:33:32 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster
They have a 30 hour work week which gives them time to protest.
Working Americans don't have such a luxury and the Dems take advantage of that.
8 posted on 01/15/2013 2:37:27 PM PST by MaxMax (Gun free zones was the invitation to gun bans by the left, at any cost)
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can’t argue with you on that...and they get the month of August off


9 posted on 01/15/2013 2:43:14 PM PST by Nifster
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To: MaxMax

we cold protest if we wanted but our side for the most part has no balls to do so, saying we work more is a cop out.

Hell our party can;t even say anything much like the cowards on the talk radio who enevr talk about conservative social issues.
Many conservatives can;t even defend their positions at a party, to a neighbor, stranger etc, I’ve heard things like “I;m not putting a marriaed sticker on my car as they;ll come after me”

The French showing more balls than us, that;s how sad our country has become


10 posted on 01/15/2013 2:52:18 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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Actually, these protesters in France are soon to get a brand new bunch of supporters. Unfortunately for them, these new supporters come with some strings attached.


11 posted on 01/15/2013 2:59:42 PM PST by BobL
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To: NYer
If only we could do as well in defense of the 2nd Amendment. A little leadership from the NRA, the GOA and others would help in putting a million gun owners around the White House rather than just playing the legislative defense game where the only question is how much does the Constitution get infringed.
12 posted on 01/15/2013 3:17:10 PM PST by Truth29
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They have a 30 hour work week which gives them time to protest. Working Americans don't have such a luxury and the Dems take advantage of that.

That is now changing with mandated Obamacare.

13 posted on 01/15/2013 3:20:51 PM PST by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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Please read the whole article. Very inspiring. Lot of young people, whole families, they are determined.

14 posted on 01/15/2013 3:25:54 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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Please read the whole article. Very inspiring. Lot of young people, whole families, they are determined.

15 posted on 01/15/2013 3:26:34 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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It’s not August.

Millions of Americans have no jobs so time off isn’t relevant.

And millions of Americans loathe and abhor the entire homo agenda, especially homo-marriage. Americans are also intimidated by Goebbels-MSM propaganda arm of the leftist cabal which runs our country.

And many people right now who might otherwise love to join a huge protest against homo-marriage are concerned about the upcoming Troubles. (The coup, of which homo-marriage and all things fagdom are but a small part.)


16 posted on 01/15/2013 3:28:25 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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I love the slogan on that woman's pink sign:

ON VEUX DU SEXE NON DU GENRE.

WE WANT SEX, NOT GENDER!

(I also like the gays' sign, "We're gayer without marriage.")

17 posted on 01/15/2013 4:51:00 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Ne pas toucher mon sexe. ")
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St. Michael the Archangel in the classic "I've had just about enough of this crap" pose.

18 posted on 01/15/2013 5:37:51 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("J'ai eu un peu assez de cette merde.")
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Love it!

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19 posted on 01/15/2013 7:25:13 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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You are so right about that. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will soon be 30-hour part timers
or unemployed. How will Obamacare explain that one away? Damn that SOB.
20 posted on 01/15/2013 8:54:53 PM PST by MaxMax (Gun free zones was the invitation to gun bans by the left, at any cost)
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21 posted on 01/15/2013 8:59:17 PM PST by narses
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Yes, Michael has a flaming sword. And that guy is BIG.

The hapless punk under his feet is Lucifer.

22 posted on 01/16/2013 4:58:10 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love.)
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