Anti-gay marriage movement returned to Paris

Anti-gay marriage movement returned to ParisTens of thousands protest against same-sex marriage in Paris amid the conservative primary ahead of the 2017 presidential election and despite France's legalization of the law in 2013, DW.

Anti-gay marriage movement "Manif Pour Tous" has reactivated again on Sunday in the French capital after two years of standstill.

According to police figures, between 23,000 and 24,000 people gathered at the Trocadero Plaza in western Paris to protest against France's same-sex marriage laws. Organizers, however, put the turnout at approximately 200,000.

Protesters marched through the streets waving French flags and the movement's blue and pink colors. Some held signs declaring "All together for the family" and "In 2017, I'll vote for the family."

"Even if the gay marriage law has been adopted, we will continue the protest to show that it is not good and we want it to be repealed. We want to influence the political debate that will take place in the coming months," said one protester.

A 29-year-old man told news agency AFP that he was protesting because he wanted a "return to the principles of Christian civilization in terms of family, institutions and work."

France's Socialist government legalized same-sex marriage, which it called "Marriage for All," in 2013.

Now, with the conservative primary less than a month away, protesters hope to pressure politicians into agreeing to repeal the law if they are elected president.
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