France today held its first legal marriage of a gay couple in the city of Montpellier. The two men who were married are Vincent Autin et Bruno Boileau, who have been together for seven years.
There were 500 guests, a ton of media, and a ton of police. Numerous protesters were arrested, and the City Hall, where the marriage was taking place, was searched at one point after they received a threatening phone call. Sadly, the anti-gay forces in France (led by the Catholic church, France’s burgeoning religious right (which has close ties to the American religious right), and France’s UMP conservative opposition party (France’s GOP, in essence)) have resorted to repeated acts of violence in their efforts to stop President Hollande from keeping his campaign promise. Numerous people were arrested today outside the City Hall.
Here’s the video of the marriage:
Here are a few tweets that walk us through the marriage. Many of these are from French journalists Romain Burrel and Vincent Daniel, who did a great job covering the marriage via Twitter:
Guests were searched with metal detectors on arriving at the wedding:
The couple enters to the music of L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole:
The married couple, to great applause, and greatly moved:
Hard to know if this is “the” kiss, or “a” kiss at the party after the wedding:
At one point, they played Sinatra’s “Love and Marriage.”
And I love this observation from journalist Vincent Daniel:
“Actually, it looks a lot like a regular old wedding, except with the media coverage you’d expect at the Cannes Film Festival.”
A right-winger, not very pleased with the day’s events:
“This makes me want to vomit, but this masquerade won’t last long.”
And one of France’s right-leaning papers, Le Figaro, had the following front page story, titled ironically: “First gay marriage in France: For better or for worse.” (France’s mainstream right-wing party, the UMP, opposed marriage equality, even though the marriage of the French support it – kind of like Republican here in the US.)
Mia Farrow sends her best:
And let’s conclude with HuffPo France, that’s using the huge version of the animated gif of the kiss, and the headline: “They said yes.”