The kiss heard round the world – France celebrates its 1st gay marriage

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:

"The marriage of the century?"  Media cameras in wait.

“The marriage of the century?” Media cameras in wait.

Guests were searched with metal detectors on arriving at the wedding:

Guests were searched with metal detectors.

Guests were searched with metal detectors.

The couple enters to the music of L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole:

The couple enters to the music of L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole.

The couple enters to the music of L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole.

The married couple, to great applause, and greatly moved:

Another shot of Vincent and Bruno coming into the marriage hall.

Another shot of Vincent and Bruno coming into the marriage hall.

Hard to know if this is “the” kiss, or “a” kiss at the party after the wedding:

It's hard to know if this is "a" kiss at the after-party, or "the" kiss.  Either way, it's an adaption of a gif from FranceTVInfo.

It’s hard to know if this is “a” kiss at the after-party, or “the” kiss. Either way, it’s an adaption of a gif from FranceTVInfo.

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.”

typical-marriageThe newly married couple raise their arms on the balcony of City Hall, greeting the crowd below:

Vincent and Bruno raise their arms on the balcony of City Hall.

Vincent and Bruno raise their arms on the balcony of City Hall.

A right-winger, not very pleased with the day’s events:

“This makes me want to vomit, but this masquerade won’t last long.”

A right-winger, not very pleased with the day: "This makes me want to vomit, but this masquerade won't last long."

A right-winger, not very pleased with the day: “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.)

le-figaro

Mia Farrow sends her best:

congrats

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.”

huff-post-france

 


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  • Bill_Perdue

    France catches up with it’s history

  • Steve_in_CNJ

    Even better than the translation: the couple raised the arms of the mayor on the city hall balcony. She is a physician and long-time supporter of LGBT rights in one of the most gay-friendly cities in Europe. :)

  • Jim

    This is huge! Congratulations!

  • samNH

    We never hear of bishops or other haters receiving threats or ricin-laced letters. It’s the MO of the paranoid right wing it all societies it seems. Opposed to illegal guns, get a letter; believe in marriage equality in France…get a bomb threat at the wedding. We live in a very sick world.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    The fact they resort to violence and threats of such tells us everything we need to know about these homophobic bigots and the poisonous hate they nurse in their shriveled black hearts.

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    Allons, enfants de la patrie, le jour de mariage est arrive’! The only surprise is why did anticlerical France take so long?

  • cole3244

    i wish i could just say congratulations but be safe is much more appropriate, sadly.

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