MONTPELLIER, France – In a historic ceremony broadcast live on French television, the first gay couple to marry in France said “oui,” then sealed the deal with a lengthy and very public kiss.
Hundreds of invited guests including a government minister gathered for the ceremony Wednesday inside city hall in southern French city of Montpellier. Hundreds more flocked to the square outside the building as Vincent Autin, 40, and his 30-year-old partner, Bruno Boileau, were wed.
The politically charged ceremony was held under tight police surveillance – a stark reminder of the months of bruising opposition to the new gay marriage law that French lawmakers passed earlier this month.
Police used tear gas to push back a small group of demonstrators who gathered behind the city hall.
France is the 14th country to recognize gay marriage.
Police charge London suspect
LONDON – Police have charged a man with murder in the killing of a British soldier in a suspected Islamic extremist attack in broad daylight on a London street.
Michael Adebowale, 22, was charged late Wednesday by counterterrorism officers and will appear in court today, police said. He is one of two main suspects in the killing of Lee Rigby, 25, who was struck by a car and stabbed to death last week near his barracks in southeast London’s Woolwich district.
Suspect Michael Adebolajo, 28, remains hospitalized in stable condition.