PARIS (AP) — Groups opposed to  President Francois  Hollande’s plans to legalize gay marriage and gay adoptions took to the  streets Saturday across France.

Hollande said he would enact his  “marriage for everyone” plan within a year of coming to power in May, but vocal  opposition from religious leaders, some politicians and parts of rural France  has divided the country.

Saturday’s protest, called the  “March for Everyone,” included pro-family and Catholic groups. Several thousand  people marched in Paris, carrying signs with slogans such as “One child (equals)  one father + one mother.”

Their final destination was the  Invalides monument, the final resting place of Napeolon Bonaparte, the French  leader who invented the country’s prized civil code, which is still in force  today. It states that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, a point the  gay marriage bill seeks to overturn. Another reform would be to replace the  entries in a child’s registry book from “father” and “mother” to “parent 1” and  “parent 2.”

Elsewhere, France’s largest  demonstrations — estimated to be several thousand people strong — took place in  Toulouse and France’s second city, Lyon.

The marches Saturday had a dress  code of blue, white and pink — putting a spin on the French tricolore flag’s  traditional colors of blue, white and red.

A recent survey found that most  French favor gay marriage, while support for adoption by gay couples hovers at  around 50 percent.

 

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