French citizens Didier Ounnas and
Gilles Barral married Wednesday at the French embassy in Basilia,
Brazil, the nation's capital.
Ounnas, 46, and Barral, 51, are the
first gay couple to marry outside France under a new law which took
effect late last month, Reuters reported.
The ceremony was officiated by consul
The men, residents of the Brazilian
city of Salvador da Bahia, wore light tan sportscoats over dark blue
shirts and ties to the ceremony.
According to Le
Monde, the men first met in 1988, on the dance floor of a
club which no longer exists in the southern French city of
Aix-en-Provence, and moved to Brazil in 2000.
Ounnas said their story “with its ups
and downs” was ordinary. He added that if the option had been
available, they would have married from the beginning.