7,000 same-sex couples tied the knot in France last year
PARIS (AFP) - About 7,000 same-sex couples tied the knot in France last year after gay marriage was legalised in May, the national statistics agency said on Tuesday.
France legalised same-sex marriage after months of intense and sometimes violent protests, in keeping with an election pledge by Socialist President Francois Hollande, who faced a huge backlash from the opposition right and the powerful Catholic Church.
Same-sex unions made up around three per cent of the total number of 238,000 marriages registered in France in 2013, the Insee statistics agency said.
Three out of every five gay marriages involved male couples, it said.