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Thousands protest against same-sex marriage in Paris


Paris, Mar 24 (EFE).- Tens of thousands of people protested Sunday in Paris against same-sex marriage in the third big demonstration against the law being pushed by the government of President Francois Hollande.

This is the first large demonstration against same-sex marriage since the one on Jan. 13 by about 1 million people in the French capital, according to organizers, although police said that "only" 340,000 showed up.

This day of protest, when numerous conservative lawmakers - among them the president of the rightist UMP, Jean-Francois Cope - joined the throng, comes a month-and-a-half after legislators in the National Assembly approved the law legalizing same-sex marriage.

It also takes place 10 days before the text of the measure goes up for debate in the Senate, after which it will return to the National Assembly for its definitive adoption.

The demonstration took place around the Arc de Triomphe after authorities denied permission for protesters to march down the Champs-Elysees, as organizers had requested.

Taking to the streets to protest is the only recourse left to opponents of the same-sex marriage law, the enactment of which was one of Hollande's campaign promises.