Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Paris riots after gay marriage vote

Police fought running battles with protesters in central Paris last night after the French parliament approved legislation authorising same-sex couples to marry and to adopt children.

The vote, which made France the fourteenth country in the world to legalise gay marriage, was hailed by supporters as an epoch-defining commitment to equality. But it sparked fury among opponents.

As protest marches turned violent, stones, bottles and iron bars rained down on riot police units brought in to protect parliament.
They replied by firing teargas at the demonstrators. Police charged several times in a bid to clear protesters from the area.

Despite overwhelming opposition to the law, the French believe the law passed because of an increased number of homosexual politicians entering French and other European parliaments.


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