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Today, ten days after France became the 14th country worldwide to pass marriage equality into law, the city of Montpellier will host the nation’s first same-sex marriage. The grooms, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau, campaigned for the law, which also grants same-sex couples adoption rights. They have said that they would like to adopt a child once they are married.
In addition to 200 family members and friends celebrating with the happy couple, 300 activists and over 100 members of the press will be in attendance at the event. Despite the national attention, Autin told news magazine Le Point that the wedding’s visibility is in line with his push for equality. "We try to always keep in our spirit the end aim, which is equality for all, that everyone can marry in their town," he said, according to the Guardian. The mayor of Montpellier, a public supporter of marriage equality, will officiate at the ceremony.
French President Francois Hollande signed the bill into law on May 18, after the country’s Constitutional Council rejected claims by the act’s opponents that it was unconstitutional. Eight other countries in Europe currently allow same-sex couples to marry.
In the U.S., 12 states and the District of Columbia have achieved marriage equality. The Illinois General Assembly is set to consider a measure giving same-sex couples the right to marry before the end of the week.