Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris on Sunday in support of a government-sponsored bill that would legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples.
Demonstrators waved banners emblazoned with phrases such as “Equality of rights is not a threat” as they began marching Sunday from Denfert-Rochereau square in the southern part of the city.
The march drew 125,000 demonstrators into the streets, according to police. That was well above the number counted by police at a similar march in December, but far less than the estimated 340,000 that turned out for a demonstration by those opposed to the proposal two weeks ago.
About 63% of French people favour legalising gay marriage, according to a survey released on Saturday, up from 60% in December.
The Socialist-dominated parliament is due to begin debate on the bill on Tuesday and is expected to pass it. If the bill is approved, France would become the 12th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.
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