French protest against gay marriage turns violent

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Pro gay marriage activists celebrate after French lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Paris. Lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage after months of bruising debate and street protests that brought hundreds of thousands to Paris. Tuesday's 331-225 vote came in the Socialist majority National Assembly. France's justice minister, Christiane Taubira, said the first weddings could be as soon as June. Poster reads: Medically Assisted Reproduction. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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PARIS (AP) — Clashes have broken out between protesters and riot police near France's National Assembly building hours after the country legalized gay marriage.

Some protesters opposed to the measure legalizing same-sex marriage hurled glass bottles, cans and metal bars, and riot police responded with tear gas at the Invalides memorial and museum complex, near the National Assembly.

Hours earlier, French lawmakers legalized gay marriage after a wrenching national debate that exposed deep conservatism in the nation's heartland and tapped into intense discontent with the Socialist government.

The measure passed easily in the Socialist-majority Assembly, 331-225.

Following the vote, members of the gay and lesbian community flocked to a square in central Paris, just behind City Hall, to celebrate.

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