France's First Gay Marriage

BY Advocate.com Editors

June 06 2011 1:35 PM ET

Using a legal loophole, Stephanie Nicot (left) married her female partner, Elise, in France's first state-sanctioned same-sex marriage.

Nicot is a transgender woman who did not file paperwork with French officials after her gender-reassignment surgery. So when Nicot sought a marriage license with Elise in the eastern city of Nancy, the couple was not denied, as officials still categorized Nicot as male.

"It's a symbol for millions of gays and lesbians who would like to have the same rights," Nicot said of her marriage.

France's constitutional court upheld the nation's ban on same-sex marriage in January.

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