Tens of thousands of people on Sunday joined a Paris march to protest against a bill which seeks to legalize marriage and adoption for gay and lesbian couples in France.

Demonstrators gathered along the Grande-Armee avenue, lining a 3-mile route from the Arc de la Defense to the Arc de Triomphe.

A request to march on the Champs-Elysees was turned down by Paris police, in part because it borders the French presidential palace. A judge backed the city's decision.

Police sprayed teargas at roughly 200 protesters who attempted to push beyond the Arc de Triomphe and onto the Champs-Elysees, the AFP reported.

The demonstrators attacked Socialist President Francois Hollande's government for ignoring the nation's flagging economy to push ahead with the marriage reform.

Demonstrators waved signs that read “We want work not gay marriage” and “No to gayxtemism.”

After passage in the lower house of parliament last month, France's Senate will consider the legislation next month. Socialists and their allies dominate the Senate, making passage highly likely.

The protesters want the government to withdraw the measure and put the issue up to a popular vote.