Among the tens of thousands of protestors who took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to support President François Hollande's planned legalization of gay marriage, two have stood out for their particularly bold gesture.
Yann Galut, 46, a National Assembly member for the Cher department in central France, and Nicolas Bays, 35, a member for Pas-de-Calais in the north, locked lips for a brief moment, to loud cheers from nearby demonstrators.
Explaining the little 'bisou' between the Socialist Party politicians, Galut said, "We're both straight, but today, with this 'kiss of solidarity', we wanted to say that when it comes to members of parliament, when it comes to deputies who will be debating this law in two days, we are in solidarity with homosexuals. We are in solidarity with their demands."
There have been widespread congratulations for the symbolic gesture, with one Twitter user typifying the enthusiastic support shown to the two married "stars of the day."
— Julie (@JulieConstance) January 27, 2013