Happiness and Hate as All Hell Breaks Loose in France

Hours after the French Assembly voted to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, celebrations and protests — and troubling hashtags — spread across the country.

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

April 24 2013 10:43 AM ET


Bare-chested men sporting white masks and belonging to France's antigay group Hommen demonstrated against equality earlier in the day in Paris. Police had legions of officers and a small battery of water cannons ready to fight protesters, according to the Associated Press. Antigay attacks have spiked in the country over the last few weeks, and several politicians have also been threatened.  

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