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Thousands protest same-sex marriage law in Paris

Women wearing Revolution Phrygian caps take part in the "Manif Pour Tous" (Demonstration For All) to protest against PMA (Procreation Medicalement Assistee or Medically Assisted Reproduction) and GPA (Grosesse pour Autrui or Gestation for Others). REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Thousands of people took part in a demonstration in Paris this afternoon, Sunday, demanding the repeal of the Taubira law which legalized same-sex marriage.

The demonstration, which comes only six months before the next French presidential election, was organizated by the ManifpourTous, an organization consisting of private citizens opposed to same-sex marriage.

ManifpourTous has been relatively quiet over the past two years, but organizers say that they have become active again to put pressure on candidates in the presidential elections.

The protesters gathered at the Porte de Dauphine on the western edge of Paris and marched slowly to the Place du Trocadéro in the centre of Paris.

According to the organizers, people from all over France travelled hundreds of kilometers to take part in the march, which has made up of people of all ages, some carrying posters that read “In 2017, I will vote for the family”, or even “Women’s wombs are not for sale”, a reference to the practice of surrogacy.

However, it is unlikely that any of the candidates in the current right-wing primaries are going to revisit the Taubira law, with the possible exception of Jean-Frédéric Poisson, president of the Christian Democratic Party.

Even still, François Fillon, who is in favor of amending the law to prevent same sex couples from adopting children, sent a message of support to the demonstrators, even if he didn’t actually attend himself.