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Massive Anti-Gay Marriage Protest in Paris

ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Tens of thousands of protesters have amassed in Paris in opposition to the recently passed law allowing for gay marriage, according to BBC News.

President Francois Hollande signed the bill into law last week, allowing both gay marriage and gay adoption. With the signing of the bill, France became the ninth country in Europe, and 14th country in the world to legalize gay marriage.

Organizers said that close to one million people had joined marches, but police estimated a figure closer to 150,000.

According to the interior ministry, 96 people were arrested during the mostly peaceful protest, noting that most of those arrested were already known to police as people to watch out for due to past violent behavior.

Jacques Myard, a member of parliament, was one of the protesters. Myard told BBC News that gay marriage “is something we cannot accept because of the fate of the children."

"Those people are playing God, because they want to marry, but it won't stop at this stage,” Myard said. “Then they will adopt, and then we will have children in families where there is no father or no mother."

Myard claimed there was a "huge gap between this government and the citizens" regarding the issue of gay marriage.

Meanwhile, Blue is the Warmest Color, a lesbian romance film, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France on Sunday.

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Britain One Step Closer to Allowing Same-Sex Marriage

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Britain's House of Commons voted in support of the Marriage Bill on Tuesday, which would enable same-sex couples to legally wed.

However, while it's endorsed by Prime Minister David Cameron, the measure still has to pass another vote in that chamber and faces an uncertain future in the House of Lords.

Many within Cameron's own Conservative Party remain opposed to allowing gays and lesbians to get married.

Since 2001, 11 countries around the world have permitted same-sex marriage, while a handful of U.S. states have also sanctioned the unions.

Cameron believes the Marriage Bill will level the playing field for people of all lifestyles in Great Britain, adding that besides equality, "it's also about a stronger society."

The prime minister also wants to modernize the Conservative Party despite ongoing resistance to the legislation.

British public opinion polls show 55 percent of respondents support same-sex marriage.

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Huge Protests in Paris over Same-Sex Marriage

DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- The City of Lights has turned into the city of fights over same-sex marriage.

An estimated 300,000 people marched in Paris on Sunday to protest President Francois Hollande’s controversial "marriage for all" bill.

The president and his government contend that the measure's intention is to simply extend equal benefits to gay and lesbian couples but opponents, including Catholic conservative groups, say it subverts traditional family values.

One of the provisions that has got some people up in arms is allowing same-sex couples to adopt children in France.

Yet, despite the huge protests, Hollande might ultimately win out when debate in the legislature begins soon.  Polls show two-thirds of the citizens in France favor same-sex marriage.

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Clinton: NY Vote Gives Momentum to Gay Rights around the World

US State Dept(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said New York’s vote to allow gay marriage gives momentum to the global movement, but said much remains to be done around the world.

“If we can convince people to speak out about their own personal experiences, particularly within their own families, it does begin to change the dialogue,” Clinton said, referencing a Republican State Senator from the Buffalo area who spurred colleagues to speak about how they would not want loved ones to be discriminated against.

“From their own personal connections and relationships, they began to make the larger connection with somebody else's niece or nephew or grandchild, and what that family must feel like,” she said in an address to a group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) foreign service officers, during which she was honored with their first annual award for advancing gay rights.

In remarks to the same group last year, Clinton declared that gay rights are human rights, a take on her 1995 Beijing declaration about women’s rights. Since then, Clinton’s diplomats have put that into action around the world, including the U.S. Ambassador to Italy who helped bring Lady Gaga to a gay pride parade in Rome.

“We made it absolutely clear that so far as the United States is concerned, and our foreign policy and our values, that gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights,” Clinton repeated Monday.

In December, Secretary Clinton made one of the first celebrity “It Gets Better” videos, providing hope to LGBT youth after a spate of high-profile suicides raised the profile of bullying victims.

More recently, the U.S. helped usher in statements of support for gay rights in the United Nations and its Human Rights Council.

Monday, Clinton said despite gains in the past year, “we cannot forget how much work lies ahead.”

“Life is getting better for people in many places, and it will continue to get better thanks to our work,” she said, calling the fight for gay rights “one of the most urgent and important human rights struggles of all times.”

“It is not easy, but it is so rewarding,” Clinton said.

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