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Anti-gay demo in Paris

Published: October 17, 2016, 1:03 pm

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    Tens of thousands of people have marched in Paris calling for the repeal of a law allowing gay marriage.

    The protesters gathered at Trocadero Plaza, near the Eiffel Tower in a new bid to launch the popular campaign just six months before France’s next presidential election. Police estimated the crowd at 24,000, while organizers gave a figure of 200,000.

    They were also protesting against the use of assisted reproduction techniques and surrogate mothers for gay couples to have children.

    Assisted reproduction is allowed in France only for infertile heterosexual couples and surrogacy is banned. Gay men and women can adopt as individuals in France.

    The “Manif pour Tous” campaign was relaunched two years after it last held a massive demonstration when 1,4 million people turned up, calling on candidates in next year’s presidential election to join the protest.

    But none of the leading candidates for the right-wing nomination for next year’s presidential election have expressed the will to ban gay marriage if elected, and none of the major candidates in the election attended the march.

    The 2013 law legalising gay marriage was introduced by the previous controversial justice minister Christiane Taubira.

    Three years ago, “Manif pour Tous” mounted a very succesful campaign against gay marriage and on Sunday protesters held up similar signs with slogans such “A father and a mother — it’s hereditary”.

    Socialist President Francois Hollande’s support for the law is unwavering, as he has ignored public dissent against the unpopular election pledge of “Marriage for All” and calls for a referendum on the issue.

    karin@praag.org

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