(PARIS) — Tens of thousands of protesters have amassed in Paris in opposition to the recently passed law allowing for gay marriage, according to BBC News.
President Francois Hollande signed the bill into law last week, allowing both gay marriage and gay adoption. With the signing of the bill, France became the ninth country in Europe, and 14th country in the world to legalize gay marriage.
Organizers said that close to one million people had joined marches, but police estimated a figure closer to 150,000.
According to the interior ministry, 96 people were arrested during the mostly peaceful protest, noting that most of those arrested were already known to police as people to watch out for due to past violent behavior.
Jacques Myard, a member of parliament, was one of the protesters. Myard told BBC News that gay marriage “is something we cannot accept because of the fate of the children.”
“Those people are playing God, because they want to marry, but it won’t stop at this stage,” Myard said. “Then they will adopt, and then we will have children in families where there is no father or no mother.”
Myard claimed there was a “huge gap between this government and the citizens” regarding the issue of gay marriage.
Meanwhile, Blue is the Warmest Color, a lesbian romance film, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France on Sunday.
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Don Melvin, Joshua Berlinger and Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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