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Gay bridegroom jailed after mother-in-law fight

ALENéON -

One of the first French gay men to marry under a landmark new law has been sent to prison for beating up his new spouse just hours after tying the knot.

File photo: Reuters. Credit: Reuters

Police in the northern city of Alencon said on Wednesday they had arrested the 22-year-old man after being called to the couple's home in the early hours of Sunday.

His partner testified that he had been head-butted and then repeatedly hit whilst lying on the ground in an attack which followed a heavy drinking session and was triggered by a row about the respective mother-in-laws.

The man, who also attacked and injured two policemen, appeared in court on Monday under a fast-track trial process.

Despite an appeal for leniency from his new spouse, he was given a two-year prison term, six months of which were suspended.

A law granting same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children came into force in France in May. - Sapa-AFP

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