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Protests in French cities against plans to legalize gay marriage

A man holds a sign which reads "Homophobia kills" during a protest supporting a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. Parliament is due to vote on it by mid-2013. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

A man holds a sign which reads "Homophobia kills" during a protest supporting a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under...more

A man holds a sign which reads "Homophobia kills" during a protest supporting a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. Parliament is due to vote on it by mid-2013. REUTERS/Robert Pratta
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Police clash with demonstrators during a protest supporting a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. Parliament is due to vote on it by mid-2013. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

Police clash with demonstrators during a protest supporting a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious...more

Police clash with demonstrators during a protest supporting a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. Parliament is due to vote on it by mid-2013. REUTERS/Robert Pratta
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Demonstrators hold placards during a protest supporting a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. Parliament is due to vote on it by mid-2013. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest supporting a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious...more

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest supporting a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Lyon November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. Parliament is due to vote on it by mid-2013. REUTERS/Robert Pratta
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Opponents of the same-sex marriage demonstrate against the government's draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples in Marseille, November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. The placard reads "Mum loves daddy ". REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Opponents of the same-sex marriage demonstrate against the government's draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples in Marseille, November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage,...more

Opponents of the same-sex marriage demonstrate against the government's draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples in Marseille, November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. The placard reads "Mum loves daddy ". REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
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Opponents of the same-sex marriage demonstrate against the government's draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples in Marseille, November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. The placard reads "A real marriage, a true mum, a true daddy". REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Opponents of the same-sex marriage demonstrate against the government's draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples in Marseille, November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage,...more

Opponents of the same-sex marriage demonstrate against the government's draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples in Marseille, November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. The placard reads "A real marriage, a true mum, a true daddy". REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
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Opponents of the same-sex marriage demonstrate against the government's draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples in Marseille, November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. The placard reads "Unisex marriage is nonsense ". REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Opponents of the same-sex marriage demonstrate against the government's draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples in Marseille, November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage,...more

Opponents of the same-sex marriage demonstrate against the government's draft law to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples in Marseille, November 17, 2012. France's Socialist government approved a draft law to allow same-sex marriage, saying the reform, under fire from religious leaders and conservative politicians, meant progress for the whole society. The law would grant gay couples the right to adopt children but not to use assisted procreation methods such as artificial insemination. The placard reads "Unisex marriage is nonsense ". REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
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