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France to Hold First Gay Wedding: VIDEO


Within the next few hours, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau will wed, becoming France’s first married gay couple. The pair will be united at their town hall in Montpellier, known locally as “the French San Francisco.” Helene Mandroux, the mayor of Montpellier, will preside over the service. The wedding will be attended by 600 guests including 2 cabinet ministers and 130 journalists, AFP reports:

“‘It could be intimidating,’ Boileau said, speaking about the likely media circus that will surround the couple. ‘But we will try to retain the spirit of the goal -- equality for all. That Mister or Miss Anybody can get married in the town hall.’”

Mayor Mandroux told the AFP:

Mayor"I didn’t think there would be such a buzz in what is the 14th country to recognize homosexual marriage. But at any rate, we’re delighted that everybody will be here. And more than anything I hope that what they’ll remember about this marriage is that French society has moved forward.”

As reported earlier, gay marriage in France was signed into law on May 18 by President Francois Hollande after previously passing the Senate and receiving approval from France’s Constitutional Council

On Sunday, an estimated 150,000 people rallied in Paris to protest the law. The protests turned violent and police arrested 239 individuals.

Check out a video from the AFP of the happy couple and Mayor Mandroux expressing her support AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Finally! Some JOY coming from France in the headlines! May the happy couple be blessed love and peace!

    Posted by: Jim | May 28, 2013 8:56:24 PM

  2. No matter what the haters want, no matter their protests, marriage equality is legal in France and they can't take that away!

    Congrats to Vincent and Bruno! I hope there's some decent security to ward off any potential situation or escalation of protest.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 28, 2013 9:34:36 PM

  3. the unfortunate down-side of all of this is that the world knows that anti-gay bigotry in france is as strong and hateful as it is in alabama and mississippi. many lgbts are crossing france off of their vacation destinations. go to spain, belgium, or the uk, where gays are not exposed to such intense, and widely accepted anti-gay bigotry.

    Posted by: candide001 | May 29, 2013 4:53:41 AM

  4. With 130 journalists attending, the couple should just cancel and get married at city hall. What a pathetic and grotesque wedding.

    Posted by: Fred | May 29, 2013 1:03:33 PM

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