Opponents of gay-marriage law to protest at Tour de France

June 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM

PARIS, June 13 (UPI) -- Opponents of France's new gay-marriage law say they plan to use the exposure of the Tour de France to protest what they call the act's "modern gender theories."

The law allows same-sex couples to wed and adopt children.

A campaign was launched Monday on social media sites by Samuel Lafont, a conservative member of Parliament and a vocal opponent of the law, France 24 reported Wednesday

Writing on Facebook, Lafont said opponents should use the "extraordinary international visibility" of the cycling race to "demonstrate our opposition to this law and to the modern gender theories that lie behind it."

Lafont called the planned multi-day protest the "Tour de France Pour Tous" [Tour de France for everyone], a play on the name of the law, "Marriage Pour Tous."

The Tour de France runs June 29 to July 21, with riders pedaling more than 1,800 miles through the country.

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