Even though gay marriage has been legalized in France, the resistance against it still persists. Last Sunday we were caught in the middle of an anti-gay marriage protest on Saint Germain Boulevard. We had no idea this was going to occur; we literally had walked into it.
We noticed the majority of the people were older, and we were surprised by the amount of people who are really against gay marriage. There were some younger people, but we felt they were just “followers.”
The protest was well choreographed, and they had protesters coming in set of waves after previous groups had passed. There were American music being played, people making announcements, and protesters shouting their statements. At times it seemed like a party rather than a protest.
We also saw hate signs toward their president, probably in response to allowing gay marriage to pass, as well as signs indicating a family means a male and female with a child. From my understanding, these protesters’ biggest argument against gay marriage is for the children. They believe children should grow up in a family where there is a father and mother.
Despite it being a protest, we did not see any violent breakouts. However, there were authorities ready to take proper precautions had there been any problems. The whole protest lasted a long time, as we were caught in the whole ordeal trying to walk back to the Marais.
It was interesting to see the protest, but we don’t quite get it. I guess coming from a liberal place like Seattle, we are more accepting and open to these things. After all, same-sex marriage has passed in Washington, and we don’t have a problem with it. I think it’s awesome.