Because of increased anti-gay violence in Paris, a result of right-wing attacks on marriage equality, a rally is planned for April 10th. Numerous reports of gay couples being attacked and beaten on the streets of Paris has motivated the gay community to take action.
According to Gay Star News:
Many liberal blogs and websites are claiming recent protests for and against the ‘Marriage for All’ bill, which will legalize marriage equality and adoption for same-sex couples and is currently being discussed in the Senate, has led to these attacks.
Numerous French activists have said the atmosphere in Paris has been soured by the marriage equality debate.
Gay rights group SOS Homophobie have said they have received 60 complaints of anti-gay hatred in Paris in the last week alone.
On 10 April, there is a planned rally in the gay district of Marais aiming to protest against homophobic violence.
A government spokesman has condemned the recent rise of homophobia in France, saying: ‘The hatred and homophobic remarks have no place in our country and are punishable by law. The government strongly condemns these acts.