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Thousands Rally in Paris for Marriage Equality

Thousands Rally in Paris for Marriage Equality

Thousands Rally in Paris for Marriage Equality

In recent years, the issue of marriage equality has sparked contentious debate in many parts of the world. In France, the issue has been the subject of intense public discourse and activism, with supporters rallying to demand equal rights for same-sex couples. In this article, we will explore the recent rally in Paris for marriage equality and the implications of the ongoing movement.


France legalized same-sex marriage in 2013 under then-President François Hollande. The move was celebrated as a victory for LGBTQ+ rights and was seen as a major step forward for marriage equality in Europe. However, the passage of the law was met with significant opposition from conservative groups and the Catholic Church.

Since its passage, the law has continued to be a divisive issue in France. In recent years, the issue of marriage equality has been pushed to the forefront of public discourse, with activists and advocates working to ensure that all couples have equal access to marriage and its benefits.

Thousands Rally for Marriage Equality

On October 16, 2021, thousands of people gathered in Paris to demand marriage equality for same-sex couples. The rally, organized by several LGBTQ+ groups, called for the government to take action to ensure that same-sex couples have the same rights and protections as heterosexual couples.

Participants in the rally held signs and banners reading “Equality for All” and “Love is Love.” The mood was celebratory and joyous, with many participants expressing hope that the rally would send a clear message to the government and to society as a whole.


The rally for marriage equality in Paris reflects a growing movement for LGBTQ+ rights in France. The issue of marriage equality has been the subject of intense debate and activism in recent years, and the rally is a testament to the dedication and persistence of advocates and supporters.

The rally also has broader implications for the fight for LGBTQ+ rights around the world. France has long been seen as a leader in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights, and the rally highlights the ongoing progress being made in the fight for equal rights and protections for all.


The rally for marriage equality in Paris is a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ rights in France and around the world. The event reflects a growing movement of activists and advocates who are committed to ensuring that all couples have equal access to marriage and its benefits. As the fight for marriage equality and other LGBTQ+ rights continues, rallies like this one serve as a source of inspiration and hope for future progress.

Thousands marched in the streets of Paris on Sunday to show their support for a pending same-sex marriage bill that lawmakers will debate on Tuesday.

Demonstrators were fervent in their support for the bill—they were waving banners with phrases like “Equality of rights is not a threat” and perpetually chanted: “What do want? Equality! When do you want it? Now!”

According to Parisian police, the demonstration attracted nearly 125,000 people or twice the number that participated in a similar demonstration in mid-December. That said, a rally by those opposing the proposal attracted 340,000 people two weeks ago in Paris.

Socialist President, Francois Hollande, promised during his campaign to legalize gay marriage by May of 2013. It is believed, that with majorities in the both houses of Parliament, that the President may just fulfill this promise. Even with the expected legislative delays, the bill could be placed into law as early as May of this year.

The equality demonstration was an eclectic bunch, as thousands traveled from all over France to show their support of the bill. Nicloas Marquart, 37, made the trip with Strasobourg with his partner, whom he shares a “civil solidarity pact” with. Marquart told the New York Times, that he came to the demonstration as a “gay man and because it would be nice to see our morals evolve.”

The prospective law would fundamentally redefine marriage as a union contracted between two individuals of different sex or of the same sex. Moreover, the words “mother” and “father” in the existing legislation would be replaced by “parents.” The pending bill also would permit married same-sex couples to adopt children.

The minister of justice, Christiane Taubira, claims that the law, known as Marriage for All would provide  uniform regardless of sexual orientation. The law would also leave the conditions of marriage unchanged.

The French community, who is taught that every citizen has equal rights, generally supports legalizing gay marriage. According to national polls, roughly 63 percent of French citizens are in favor of same-sex marriage and 40 percent favor the right of adoption among gay married couples.

Opponents to the bill, including senior Roman Catholic, Muslin and Jewish leaders, claim that by replacing mother and father with “parents”, the law unequivocally changes the natural order of procreation. These religious leaders say that this alteration will lead to moral confusion and the eventual erosion of the centuries-old institution of marriage in the name of a minority group.