Thousands of rights campaigners rally to back gay marriage in Paris
Thousands of gay rights campaigners marched on the streets of Paris calling for legalizing gay marriage, two days before a key parliamentary debate on the hugely divisive issue.
Waving rainbow flags and carrying banners reading 'For equality now, against discrimination always', the demonstrators rallied to promote their cause on Sunday.
The move comes exactly two weeks after hundreds of thousands descended on the French capital to protest against government plans to legalize gay marriage and adoption, the Telegraph reports.
The proposed legislation, which has come in for strong objection from the mainstream centre-right opposition, the Catholic church and France's five-million-strong Muslim community, is due to be debated in parliament on Tuesday.
Gay rights advocates Gaston and Andree Pelot, both 68, said they had joined Sunday's march to support 'our ideas, equality and our (gay) son', adding that gay marriage was 'obvious'.
Police estimated that around 125,000 people had turned out for Sunday's rally, while organisers put the figure at 400,000.
The gay rights rally was backed by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who on Saturday said there was 'no doubt' about the outcome of the equality bill, the report added.