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Gay attack victim in France becomes cause celebre, as senate debates same-sex marriage law

  • Wilfred de Bruijn, a Dutch citizen who lives and works as a librarian in Paris, France, gestures during an interview with The Associated Press at his apartment in Paris, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. De Bruijn was beaten unconscious near his home early Sunday morning in central Paris, sustaining 5 fractures in his head and face, abrasions and a lost tooth. After posting a photo of his wounds on Facebook, the image went viral and de Bruijn has become a national cause celebre of the pro-gay campaign. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Wilfred de Bruijn, a Dutch citizen who lives and works as a librarian in Paris, France, gestures during an interview with The Associated Press at his apartment in Paris, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. De Bruijn was beaten unconscious near his home early Sunday morning in central Paris, sustaining 5 fractures in his head and face, abrasions and a lost tooth. After posting a photo of his wounds on Facebook, the image went viral and de Bruijn has become a national cause celebre of the pro-gay campaign. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

  • Wilfred de Bruijn, a Dutch citizen who lives and works as a librarian in Paris, France, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his apartment in Paris, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. De Bruijn was beaten unconscious near his home early Sunday morning in central Paris, sustaining 5 fractures in his head and face, abrasions and a lost tooth. After posting a photo of his wounds on Facebook, the image went viral and de Bruijn has become a national cause celebre of the pro-gay campaign. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Wilfred de Bruijn, a Dutch citizen who lives and works as a librarian in Paris, France, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his apartment in Paris, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. De Bruijn was beaten unconscious near his home early Sunday morning in central Paris, sustaining 5 fractures in his head and face, abrasions and a lost tooth. After posting a photo of his wounds on Facebook, the image went viral and de Bruijn has become a national cause celebre of the pro-gay campaign. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

  • Wilfred de Bruijn, a Dutch citizen who lives and works as a librarian in Paris, France, shows a photo of his face shot by his friend after he was beaten, during an interview with The Associated Press at his apartment in Paris, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. de Bruijn was beaten unconscious near his home early Sunday morning in central Paris, sustaining 5 fractures in his head and face, abrasions and a lost tooth. After posting a photo of his wounds on Facebook, the image went viral and de Bruijn has become a national cause celebre of the pro-gay campaign. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Wilfred de Bruijn, a Dutch citizen who lives and works as a librarian in Paris, France, shows a photo of his face shot by his friend after he was beaten, during an interview with The Associated Press at his apartment in Paris, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. de Bruijn was beaten unconscious near his home early Sunday morning in central Paris, sustaining 5 fractures in his head and face, abrasions and a lost tooth. After posting a photo of his wounds on Facebook, the image went viral and de Bruijn has become a national cause celebre of the pro-gay campaign. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

The photo of a homophobic attack victim in Paris that went viral on social media is being used as an emblem in a pro-gay rally, as French gay groups say homophobic acts have tripled because of opposition to a law legalizing gay marriage.

Wilfred de Bruijn was beaten unconscious near his home early Sunday in central Paris, sustaining five fractures in his head and face, abrasions and a lost tooth.

After posting a photo of his wounds on Facebook, the image went viral and de Bruijn has become a national cause celebre of the pro-gay campaign. Several hundred people are expected at a pro-gay rally Wednesday evening.

Opponents of the gay marriage bill insist their movement is opposed to violence.