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First gay couple in France divorce

The two women, who were originally married in the US, separated and remarried in Europe to avoid legal pitfalls
The first gay couple in France have announced their divorce.

The first gay couple in France have divorced.

Six months after France celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage, the state has apparently received its first divorce papers.

Two young women, who have asked not to be named, were originally married in the United States in 2011 and had their marriage officially recognized by France during the summer of 2013.

According to France TV, the couple’s lawyer Rémy Rubaudo filed for divorce on the joint behalf of the couple earlier this month.

The lawyer said the couple had already been separated for several months but wanted to be legally married in France to avoid potential legal pitfalls if they just divorced in the United States.

The two women have remained on good terms and parted amicably.

Earlier this month, a French-Moroccan gay couple won the right to marry. The French courts overturned a decades old agreement banning binational couples from marrying in the country.

After months of fierce debate, violence and protests, France became the 14th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

The first gay French couple to be married had their ceremony in Montpellier.

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