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Hasty, last-ditch gay marriage protest held in Paris

Opponents of France's same-sex union and adoption law, expected to pass next week, marched in Paris on Sunday, arguing the government should hold a referendum on such a fundamental issue.

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Demonstrators shout as they march during a rally to protest against French President Francois Hollande's social reform on gay marriage and adoption in Paris, Friday. On Sunday protesters held another rally in Paris.

Michel Euler/AP

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Thousands of gay marriage opponents waving pink and blue flags marched through Paris on Sunday in a last-ditch protest before a law allowing same-sex union and adoption is passed next week.

Chanting "We don't want your law, Hollande!", some 50,000 protesters massed behind a banner reading: "All born of a Mum and a Dad" and said it was undemocratic to bring about such a fundamental social change without holding a referendum.

Hastily organized after the law's passage was sped up to circumvent a big rally set for late April, Sunday's march capped months of protests by a dogged opposition movement that has sullied President Francois Hollande's flagship social reform.

 
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