Joe Francis Set To Marry Reporter

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July 2, 2010 | 9:35am EST

Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis is preparing to settle down – he is to wed journalist Christina Mclarty.

Francis, who has enjoyed an on/off relationship with the CBS News showbiz reporter for four years, proposed during a recent trip to Saint-Tropez, France.

But the couple is to shun a traditional wedding in favor of a civil ceremony in Mexico in September – in protest at U.S. laws banning gay marriage.

Francis tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, “We have chosen to have a civil domestic partnership because we don’t believe it’s appropriate to be married until our gay and lesbian friends are afforded the same rights as us to legally marry in the United States… This will be a non-traditional celebration of love, family and friends.”

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