Protests Continue But Opponents in France Get Final Loss

Protests have sometimes turned violent, and the French government had to crack down on antigay attacks ahead of the law's approval by lawmakers.

BY Lucas Grindley

May 17 2013 12:34 PM ET


Conservatives who tried to stop France from allowing same-sex marriages were turned away by the country's highest court today. And that means President Francois Hollande is clear to sign the bill next week.

Opponents of marriage equality haven't stopped rallying against the new law. The latest was a large protest (pictured) outside the Sorbonne University in Paris during a self-declared "Sorbonne Operation."

In one highly publicized moment, the mayor of Sigolsheim in eastern France, Thierry Speitel, received a letter containing two bullets taped to a newspaper article in which he talked about being gay.

If all goes as expected, same-sex couples in France could start marrying by the end of this month.

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