Anti-Gay Marriage Parisians Clash With Topless Activists

Catholic marchers attack counter-protesters

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 19, 2012 1:06 AM CST

(Newser) – Clashes erupted in Paris yesterday when topless protesters from the Ukrainian group Femen challenged a Catholic-led march to oppose gay marriage. The activists were punched and pushed to the ground after chanting "In Gay We Trust" and spraying white powder from bottles, the AP reports. A law proposed by France's Socialist government could see marriage and adoption legalized for gay couples by early next year.

A Femen activist is surrounded by French police officers during a  demonstration in Paris.
A Femen activist is surrounded by French police officers during a demonstration in Paris.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Young people hold placards during a protest organized by the fundamentalist Christian group Civitas Institute against gay marriage, in Paris yesterday.
Young people hold placards during a protest organized by the fundamentalist Christian group Civitas Institute against gay marriage, in Paris yesterday.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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