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78-year-old retired vicar defies Church of England and marries 24-year-old boyfriend

78-year-old retired vicar defies Church of England and marries 24-year-old boyfriend
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Retired vicar Philip Clements went against Church of England teachings and has married 24-year-old boyfriend Florin Marin.

The couple were married at the Ramsgate Registry Office on Tuesday (25 April) in front of two witnesses and TV crews.

Currently, Church of England clergy can enter into civil partnerships but are expected to remain celibate.

Same-sex marriage is not even an option.

When asked why he chose to break this vow, Reverend Clements said he is a ‘human first before a priest.’

The couple have come under fire for the 54 year age difference, but maintain they are happily in love.

Clements said after the ceremony: ‘Is it a dream? It’s a special day,’ reports Kent Online.

His new Romanian-born husband, however, said: ‘It doesn’t change absolutely nothing (sic)’

Church of England vs. Reverend Philip Clements

In a Facebook post, Clements said: ‘My hope is that Florin and I are giving (sic) encouragement to gay Anglican clergy who want to enter into a closer union with same sex partners.

‘It can only enrich ministry.

‘I hope too that the Church of England may be moved to acknowledge the worth and validity of such telationdhips (sic) for the clergy who may be stressed and frustrated by present restrictions on their personal lives,’ he wrote.

Marin added: ‘We don’t want the church and the church don’t want to discuss our subject.’

The retired vicar said: ‘I still love certain aspects of the church that I have been brought up in… and I’m sorry they can’t accept me as I am anymore.’

Clements said he will continue to attend Orthodox church services, but it’s a ‘shame’ they couldn’t embrace the couple’s decision.

The pair will settle in Romania.

Watch the wedding ceremony:

 

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