By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com 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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