Using a legal loophole, Stephanie Nicot married her female partner, Elise, in France’s first state-sanctioned same-sex marriage.
Nicot is a transgender woman who did not file paperwork with French officials after her gender-reassignment surgery. So when Nicot sought a marriage license with Elise in the eastern city of Nancy, the couple was not denied, as officials still categorized Nicot as male.
“It’s a symbol for millions of gays and lesbians who would like to have the same rights,” Nicot said of her marriage.
France’s constitutional court upheld the nation’s ban on same-sex marriage in January.