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dateline: 26 March 2013

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Demonstrators Protest Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • bill: a proposed law
  • adoption: the legal taking of another person’s child into one’s own family
  • demonstrator: a person who is actively protesting something in public
  • opinion poll: a short survey used to find out people’s thoughts on a certain issue or thing

Demonstrators Protest Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption

Hundreds of thousands of protestors gathered in Paris this week to fight against a bill in France called the law. The bill calls for same-sex couples to have equal marriage and adoption rights. Many of the protestors said that they supported same-sex marriage, but didn’t think gay couples should to adopt. The bill will be reviewed by the Senate next month, and is expected to be approved. Riot police used to block demonstrators from getting close to the presidential palace. According to opinion polls, most French people support same-sex marriage, though recent protests . Some protestors told reporters that they want the to focus on jobs rather than same-sex marriage rights.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why are people protesting in Paris?
  2. What section of Paris did riot police work hard to protect?
  3. What do some protestors want the French government to focus on?

Discussion Question: Some reporters used the expression “it turned ugly” to describe a recent protest in Paris. What does this expression mean when it is used in reference to a protest?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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