PHOTOS: France Celebrates The Country's First Same-Sex Marriage

By Jase Peeples

Originally published on Advocate.com May 30 2013 11:00 AM ET


With the battle for marriage equality now over in France, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau have become the country’s first same-sex couple to officially tie the knot. The wedding, which was broadcast live on French television, took place Wednesday in the southern city of Montpellier’s town hall. Hundreds of guests were in attendance, including members of Parliament, over 200 journalists, and Mayor Helene Mandroux, who also conducted the ceremony.

Take a look at the following photos from the historic ceremony.


Alice Nkom (center), a Cameroonian lawyer defending LGBT rights, and guests wait at the city hall of Montpellier.


French Minister for Women's Rights and government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (right) arrives.


Vincent Autin (center) kisses Montpellier mayor Helene Mandroux (right).

Vincent Autin (left) and Bruno Boileau smile as they sign a document during their marriage ceremony.

The couple exchange wedding rings during their marriage ceremony.

Autin (left) and Boileau share a kiss at their wedding.

Autin (right) and Boileau kiss on a balcony in front of the crowd after their wedding.