The retired priest is the guy on the right

In England Philip Clements, 78, formerly a parish priest, married Florin Marin, 24. The fact that this guy is gay is irrelevant. On the surface it seems a bit creepy but I am in no position to judge anyone else’s relationship. There is clearly a double standard when it comes to public criticism.  Older men marrying very young women generally get little public attention unless one of the betrothed is a celebrity.

Clements also wants to make a point:

As a priest, I want the church to think seriously about this issue and to change its teaching and rules to allow clergy as well as lay members of the church to marry someone of the same gender if that is how they feel.

I think a lot of clergy must be with partners, or wanting to be with them, but they are stopped from being themselves by the rules of the church.

The pair are planning to relocate to Romania.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.