A crowd estimated by some sources to be that of at least 400,000 rallied and marched today in Paris for same-sex marriage and to counter the protest of two weeks ago of a smaller anti-gay crowd who supported and led by the Catholic Church marched against gay marriage.
Demonstrators waved banners emblazoned with phrases like “Equality of rights is not a threat” and chanted: “What do you want? Equality! When do you want it? Now!” Another placard showed a version of the French government’s seal, but with two Mariannes kissing, and under the words, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” was the slogan “No more, no less!” (snip)
“During his campaign, the Socialist François Hollande, now president, promised to legalize gay marriage within a year of taking office in May. And with effective majorities in both houses of Parliament, Mr. Hollande and his government should be able to beat back various efforts by opponents to kill or amend the bill, and some suggest that even given the long legislative process, it may become law in May or June.
The major chant was of the day of the march was a time-honored classic as true today as when it was first shouted far too long ago: “Qu’est-ce que vous voulez? Egalité. Vous la voulez quand? Maintenant.”
What do you want? Equality! When do we want it? Now!
AMERICA LEASE TAKE NOTE: This is a MAJOR part of gaining civil rights not only for the LGBT community but for all. A part of the strategy we have sorely been lacking and we despertately need to return to.
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