First French Gay Couple to Marry on Wednesday

Montpellier_Town_Hall_MontpellierOn Wednesday May 29, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau from Montpellier will become the first gay couple to marry in France, at City Hall of Montpellier on Wednesday, May 29, Time TBA , 1 Place Georges Frêche.

Vincent, 40 and Boileau, 30, met 7 years ago through their love of music. Both are fans of singer Christophe Willem and were members of the an online fan forum. Three of the ten members of the fan club decided to meet in Paris, two of them happened to be Vincent and Boileu.

Vincent and Boileu hit it off right away. The third member of the fan club left them at the restaurant where they continued to talk. The next day, they met again, and their love for each other has been growing strong ever since.

While France allows same sex couples to protect their families through a civil union, Vincent and Boileau chose to wait until they could get married, because a civil union felt like a second class option. They wanted to marry and nothing less would do.

The couple hopes to eventually adopt children. Once married they plan to apply to adopt despite the potential difficulties they may face as one of the first gay couples in France to try adopt children.

“All Out could not be happier for Vincent and Boileu,” Andre Banks Executive Director and Co-Founder of All Out celebrated.

“More than 325,000 All Out members signed a petition urging the French government to pass this bill. The love between Vincent and Boileu is exactly why. Loving and committed gay and lesbian couples should be able to get married no matter who they are or where they live. We are so happy that France has made the world a freer and more beautiful place for gays and lesbians.”

All Out’s French Senior Campaign Manager, Guillaume Bonnet will attend the first wedding on Wednesday.

“I am honored to attend Vincent and Boileu’s wedding,” Guillaume Bonnet, All Out Senior Campaign Manager for France said, “This is a historic day for my country and for All Out members. We have shown that if we all work together anything is possible. Now couples like Vincent and Boileu can create life full of love and family just like any other loving and committed couple. We have a lot to celebrate!”


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