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Tens of Thousands March to Repeal Same-Sex Marriage in Paris

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The City of Love... for some.

Ah, Paris. City of Lights, City of Love, romance, history, revolution, progress… and prejudice?

Over the centuries, we’ve come to associate Paris, and by extent, the French, with all things romantic and beautiful. Even for a city that saw nearly 3,000 murdered (often in public displays) in less than a year during the Reign of Terror, Paris has maintained its reputation as an enlightened and beautiful places, famed for its architecture, food, and language.

Yet for a country and city so associated with lifelong passion, contagious ardor, and even brief dalliances, not everybody is “down with love.”

This past weekend, tens of thousands of people gathered to march from the Porte de Dauphine to the Place du Trocadero (across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower) to protest same-sex marriage equality, which has been legal in France since 2013. For a country so associated with social progress, what exactly brought about such an uproar? As it turns out, it was more than just gay marriage that had them riled up.

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Here's what they were protesting against