French gay marriage declared void

Tuesday 27 July 2004 19.05
Bordeaux - Gay marriage annulled
Bordeaux - Gay marriage annulled

A court in France has annulled the country's first gay marriage.

The mayor of the town of Begles, where the marriage took place last month, was suspended after overseeing the ceremony.

The government had warned that the service did not comply with French law.

A tribunal in Bordeaux declared the marriage of Stephane Chapin and Bertrand Charpentier as null and void.