Ten years of gay marriage in France: Same-sex couples reflect on a decade of change
17 May 2023 | 1:07 pm
May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. This Wednesday also marks exactly 10 years since gay marriage became legal in France. Since then, around 7,000 such marriages have taken place each year in the country.
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