With over 500 guests and 150 media crews watching on, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau became the first gay couple in France to wed under a new law allowing legalizing same-sex marriage. The nuptials took place just days after President Francois Hollande signed the same-sex marriage bill into law on May 18, 2013.
40-year-old PR firm head Autin and 29-year-old government worker Boileau have been dating for over five years. The couple said “oui” in the southern city of Montpellier amid tight security. Extra police were drafted in amid fears the extreme-right might also attend. Hélène Mandroux-Colas, the mayor of Montpellier, who officiated the ceremony, received threats before the wedding.
According to Pink News, Autin and Boileau walked out to “L.O.V.E.” by Nat King Cole, and were greeted by Mandroux, who described the ceremony as a “historic moment.” She went on to say that the couple were a “symbol of France united”. After the ceremony, the couple walked out to “Love and Marriage“, by Frank Sinatra. Fans of Married… with Children will be familiar with the tune as it was the show’s theme song. Check out the ceremony below.
And then there were 14. France is the latest country to legalize same-sex marriages. In fact, the land of berets is the third one in this month alone, after Uruguay and New Zealand. The French National Assembly approved marriage equality in a 331-225 vote. The decision also allows for same-sex couples to adopt children. The next step is for President Francois Hollande to sign the bill. He has already given his formal approval last November.
The decision follows months of division in the country, marked by violence and protests. One of the biggest protests against same-sex marriage drew together hundreds of thousands of people bused in from the French provinces. That demonstration took a violent turn as riot police clashed with protesters, firing tear gas into the crowd. Some individuals in masks and hoods, led the charge against police, damaging cars along the Champs-Elysees avenue and making a break for the presidential palace.
“Despite attempts to obstruct the right, the Senate has adopted Article 1 which allows same-sex couples to marry,” said François Rebsamen of the Socialist party. “Given the abuses that took place either by manifestations of violence in the street, either by verbal exaggerations in the chamber, the vote on this article marks a victory for the fight against homophobia, for tolerance and democracy.”
France’s Justice Minister, Christiane Taubira, said the first gay weddings could take place as early as June. “We believe that the first weddings will be beautiful and that they’ll bring a breeze of joy, and that those who are opposed to them today will surely be confounded when they are overcome with the happiness of the newlyweds and the families,” she adds.
Congratulations to our French brothers and sisters. Which country do you think is next to approve same-sex marriages? The tides are certainly turning. Sound off below.
Since 1970, the Spartacus International Gay Guide has given the low down on popular travel destinations. Instead of just focusing on nightlife, their index covers local laws relating to gay marriage, death penalty for homosexuals, HIV travel restrictions and more. All in all, there are 14 categories the publication considers to determine the LGBT friendliness of all 138 destinations they cover.
Coming in at the top slot is Sweden. The land of IKEA scored well for its anti-discrimination laws, gay unions and marketing specifically aimed at the LGBT community. Most of the Top 10 is comprised of European countries. The only exceptions are Canada and Uruguay which placed sixth and ninth respectively.
For our American readers, you didn’t fare very well. The United States landed in the middle of the pack at No. 38- tied with Aruba, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Curacao, Hungary, Italy, Mexico and Thailand. Anti-gay laws and lack of marriage equality in several parts of the country contributed to its low ranking. At the very bottom of the list is Iran which probably isn’t a surprise to most of you. Check out the Top 10 and Bottom 10 below.
Now, this is how you sell high-priced scented candles!!! It worked on me. LOL. I admit, at first glance I thought the main objective of “Paris Flat” was to promote marriage equality. But after the third close-up shot of the JSD Candle Collection, I realized this was more than just your average product placement. It was a beautifully shot commercial disguised as a story between lovers facing a dilemma due to international passports and work visas.
Directed by John Saint-Denis, “Paris Flat” is about Paolo (Peter Calandra) and his young French partner Marc living in a cute flat in Paris. Everything seems idyllic. Problem is, Paolo is being shipped off to the US but his beau can’t come with him due to same-sex marriage immigration policy. But all is solved when Paolo picks up the newspaper. Splashed on the front page is the answer to everything. How convenient.
Apparently, “Paris Flat” is the sequel to “Il Palazzo.” Though it stars sexy daddy Peter Calandra in both, I think his partner in the Italian-themed clip is someone else. SLUT. Haha. Check out both videos below. Be forewarned, there’s a little bare booty sighting in the vids. It’s a beaut.
C’est magnifique! France’s parliament has passed a bill that legalizes gay marriage and allows same-sex couples to adopt children!
The Associated Press released the following about the news:
“France’s lower house of parliament has approved a sweeping bill to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children. President Francois Hollande’s Socialists have pushed the measure through the National Assembly and put France on track to join about a dozen, mostly European nations that grant marriage and adoption rights to homosexuals.”
I love a good ad campaign and this new commercial from Le Slip Francais definitely falls into that category.
Shot and edited in a way to resemble a commercial from the ’50s or ’60s, the commercial features a woman who places two eggs on one side of the table, and two on the other. Hmm, I wonder what these are supposed to represent? She then shows us two different pairs of men’s underwear. The first is your basic, unflattering “not so tighty” whitey. The other is a sexy and more flattering pair of Le Slip Francais. She lays each of the undies of the two pairs of eggs. As you can see in the photo above, there’s also a hammer on the table…
I don’t want to spoil what happens next, so you’ll have to watch the commercial below to find out what happens. The ad agency responsible is BETC Paris. Enjoy!
When you’re an athlete and/or Olympian and you’re hot, you can definitely have a side career in commercials and product endorsements. Camille Lacourt, a 27-year-old backstroke swimmer from France didn’t compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics, but he’s the star of a sexy new commercial for Edison, an electricity & gas company in Italy.
In the commercial below, the hottie is enjoying a bath with his hands on his… iPad. He then stands up, showing off his tattoo featured on his lower v-abs and only covering his goods with his iPad. He’s excited because he just booked a trip to Thailand. Just then, the announcer steps into frame and bursts his bubble by reminding him that he has to pay his energy bills. I don’t have the exact translation, but that’s the general synopsis of the commercial.
The important part is that the Lacourt looks incredibly sexy in the commercial and it’s worth checking out. Rub-a-dub-dub, it might give you a… [insert rhyming word here] Enjoy!
Although the 2012 Summer Olympic Games are over, for your average Joe (and Joanne), it’s business as usual when it comes to keeping up fitness routines. That’s why Vitamin Water France enlisted the help of advertising firm Sid Lee Paris to help showcase the amateur athletes instead for a change.
Vitamin Water when out and brought a genuine sports commentator with them to relay the most impressive techniques or relative exploits live via microphone. The reactions of some of these unsuspecting fitness enthusiasts is priceless.
After the prank was revealed to the “good sports,” they were given a Vitamin Water by a cute guy (shown above) as a well-deserved reward for pushing their own limits in their respective sports. The tagline: “Because Vitamin Water loves athletes. Every single one of them.” Enjoy the video below.