Alex Blaze

French Marriage: As Goes San Francisco...

Filed By Alex Blaze | February 07, 2011 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: France, gay marriage, LGBT, marriage, montpellier

So go the other San Franciscos of the world.

map-montpellier.jpgThe mayor of Montpellier, France, married a gay couple even though same-sex marriage isn't recognized in France and the constitutional court rejected it last week.

Socialist Hélène Mandroux married a local radio boss, Florent Robin, 49, and a teacher of Portuguese, Tito Santos-Mota, 51, in a symbolic ceremony designed to raise the issue of the unequal treatment of gay people.

Ms Mandroux did not officially enter the marriage in the register and the couple decided not to kiss, saying they would wait for it to be made official first.

Montpellier is known in France as the gayest city outside Paris. I went down once to visit gay friends of Alberto, and when we got out of the train we were surrounded by mos. Têtu, the biggest LGBT magazine, deemed it the second most gay city in France, based on the amount of gay activity there, after Lyon, which is over five times bigger (Paris wasn't counted since there's just no point, of course).

One could call it the San Francisco of France, although their mayor only went half-way and didn't try to make the marriage legal. Typical. But her colleagues in the Socialist Party showed up to celebrate, which is more than one can say about the Democrats' support of Newsom's actions in 2004.


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