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Pro-gay marriage protesters hit Paris streets

People take part in a demonstration for the legalisation of gay marriage and LGBT parenting, in Paris on January 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO /THOMAS SAMSON

PARIS: Thousands of supporters of a government-sponsored bill that would legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples are marching in Paris.

Demonstrators waved banners emblazoned with phrases such as "Equality of rights is not a threat" as they began marching Sunday from Denfert-Rochereau square in the southern part of the city.

Two weeks ago, a demonstration by those opposed to the proposal drew hundreds of thousands onto Paris' streets.

About 63 percent of French favor legalizing gay marriage, according to a survey released Saturday, up from 60 percent in December.

The French parliament is due to begin debate on the bill Tuesday. If lawmakers approve the plan, France would become the 12th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

 

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