A retired vicar has wed a male model 54 years his junior to take a stand against the Church of England over same-sex marriage. Philip Clements, 78, once a parish priest in Eastry, Kent, tied the knot with Florin Marin, 24, at a registry office in Ramsgate on Tuesday, Kent Live reports.
Clergy are currently barred from same-sex marriage but are allowed a civil partnership - providing it is a celibate one.
"I've taken up many weddings, and I've almost gave up hope thinking I would be part of my own" said Mr Clements, who was a priest for 50 years.
Speaking last month after announcing their engagement, the retired vicar said he had "learnt to live again" after meeting his younger lover on a dating website two years ago.
He explains: "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 will be moving to Mr Marin's native Romania tomorrow to begin their new lives together.