(PARIS) — The City of Lights has turned into the city of fights over same-sex marriage.
An estimated 300,000 people marched in Paris on Sunday to protest President Francois Hollande’s controversial “marriage for all” bill.
The president and his government contend that the measure’s intention is to simply extend equal benefits to gay and lesbian couples but opponents, including Catholic conservative groups, say it subverts traditional family values.
One of the provisions that has got some people up in arms is allowing same-sex couples to adopt children in France.
Yet, despite the huge protests, Hollande might ultimately win out when debate in the legislature begins soon. Polls show two-thirds of the citizens in France favor same-sex marriage.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN