Hollande to meet protesters23 January 2013
President François Hollande has agreed to receive the lay leaders of the church-backed protest against same-sex marriage.
Announcing the decision on Monday, his office said the meeting would still not alter his plan to legalise gay marriage and adoption by June.
After the massive Paris march against same-sex marriage last weekend, France's bishops said that the Government could not ignore such a significant expression of popular opposition to this fundamental reform.
To underline the Government's determination, a parliamentary commission reviewing the draft last week approved the article concerning marriage, rejecting several amendments proposed by the conservative opposition to hold a referendum and upgrade current civil unions with more legal rights.
An opinion poll said 45 per cent of the French favour a referendum on the issue.
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