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First Gay Marriage Held in France

Posted on: May 30, 2013

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Image: Telegraph.co.uk

The time has come.  France, a largely Catholic country, has finally legalized same-sex marriage.  Despite protests around the country, love has prevailed.  The first gay couple took their marriage vows on Wednesday evening.

The pair, 40-year-old Vincent Autin and 30-year-old Bruno Boileau, met six years ago on an online music forum.  They have been inseparable ever since.

Autin and Boileau were wed at Montpellier’s City Hall.  They walked in, in matching black suits, to the tune of Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E as guests applauded.  The mayor, Helene Mandroux, a Socialist, presided over the ceremony which was broadcast live on the city government’s website.  As they said yes, they played Frank Sinatra’s Love and Marriage.

“This is a historic moment in your own lives … and a historic moment for our country,” Mandroux told the well-wishers. “We are building here together the society of tomorrow.”

“Love each other, love us, love one another, because it’s important,” said Autin from a balcony to a crowd of hundreds of attendees outside the city hall, adding the next step would be a law allowing gay couples to adopt children.

The wedding was attended by over 500 people, many of them activists, government officials and members of the press.  Security with riot police were stationed outside in case of any attempted attacks.

Amidst the happiness of the ceremony, thoughts about violence were easy to dismiss.  However, in the weeks leading up to the ceremony, protests rocked France.  Bottles, bricks and fireworks were thrown during protest marches.  In a final insult, an ultra-conservative committed suicide at the altar of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral.  Many Catholics see the new law as a slackening of morals.

Thanks to proper planning, everything went off without a hitch.

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