With France joining the list of nations guaranteeing marriage equality for gays and lesbians recently, the far right in that country has lost its mind and is engaging in aggressive protests against it. More than 150,000 people engaged in a near-riot in Paris over it this weekend.
Tens of thousands of people registered a final, furious protest against same-sex marriage on Sunday, days before the first wedding ceremony under a new law.
At least 150,000 protesters converged on Paris, marshalled by more than 4,500 police who were deployed after the government warned of a risk of violence and disruption.
Riot police evicted about a dozen far-right activists who used ladders to climb on to the roof of the Socialist party headquarters and unfurled a banner saying “Hollande resign”.
The night before the demonstration, 50 people were arrested after chaining themselves to metal barriers they had placed in the middle of the Champs Elysées and firing smoke canisters. A van carrying masks, banners and smoke bombs was seized by police.
Think about this a minute. They aren’t protesting against an unnecessary war that will send countless innocent people to their death. They aren’t protesting a government policy that increases human suffering. They’re protesting against allowing gay people to get married. They’re protesting against the advance of human rights and equality that has no effect on them at all. How messed up is that?