PARIS - Thousands of people are protesting in central Paris against France's new gay marriage law.
The law came into force over a week ago, but organizers decided to go forward with Sunday's long-planned demonstration to show their continued opposition as well as their frustration with President Francois Hollande, who had made legalizing gay marriage one of his keynote campaign pledges in last year's election.
Marchers set off from three separate points across Paris, and by late afternoon they were beginning to fill the Invalides esplanade just across the Seine River from the Champs Elysees.
Around 5,000 police were on duty because of the demonstration. Previous anti-gay marriage protests have seen clashes between far-right protesters and the police.