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Before France legalized same-sex marriage just this month, couples were given the opportunity to marry on the Internet thanks to Tous Unis Pour L’Egalite, a nonprofit organization. A joint effort with Google and Ogilvy Paris, the French organization utilized Google Hangouts to host the ceremonies. Since it allows up to 10 people to connect on live video calls at a time, family and friends are also able to tune in alongside the officiant, a mayor in Belgium, to witness the marriage.
Broadcasting ceremonies live on YouTube, Tous Unis Pour L’Egalite shows people what it is like to have such a ceremony. For those who are denied the right to marry or who simply can’t afford to have everyone attend their wedding, Google Hangouts is a modern alternative many can take advantage of.