A Subway shop in Angers, France has shut down after it excluded gay and lesbian couples from a Valentine's Day offer.

Lawmakers in France are considering a bill which would make it the 12th nation to legalize gay marriage. The proposal cleared the National Assembly last week.

On Valentine's Day, the Subway franchise owner put up a poster advertising a 14 euro sandwich special for heterosexual couples only. The “feast of love” special included the following in small print: “Discrimination (?). No, the marriage for all law has advanced, but has yet to be ratified by the Senate. Until then, I'll use my freedom of expression.”

Subway France responded to angry complaints via Twitter: “We have been made aware of this poster and it has been immediately removed from the Subway in Angers.”

“We are committed to diversity/integration, we are working with the owner of the restaurant to reinforce our values/politics,” the company later messaged.

According to the UK tabloid Daily Mail, the Subway shop was forced to close on Friday.