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France's first same-sex marriage

Updated 1751 GMT (0151 HKT) May 29, 2013
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Vincent Autin, left, and Bruno Boileau kiss as they exchange marriage vows at City Hall in Montpellier, France, on Wednesday, May 29. The two men were the first gays to wed in France after the passage of a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. The legislation has prompted fierce opposition from many social conservatives and the Catholic Church. GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Autin, left, and Boileau hold hands during the ceremony. Autin, a gay rights activist, said his wedding marks a big step forward for same-sex equality.
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Montpellier Mayor Helene Mandroux, right, officiates at the wedding in which hundreds of guests attended. GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
The jubilant couple sign marriage documents. GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Boileau, left, and Autin hold hands during the ceremony. Boileau said they plan to build a family together. BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images