Last weekend the Sunday Times revealed that the Reverend Clive Larsen, 60, had quit his role as parish priest in the diocese of Manchester so that he could marry another man. Had he not resigned, he would probably have faced disciplinary action from the Church of England. Ultimately, he could have been removed from his post – a fate that befell canon Jeremy Pemberton, the first gay clergyman to openly marry.
But not all gay vicars are prepared to leave the Church so that they can marry. One in particular – who has asked to remain anonymous for obvious reasons – refused to make the choice between marriage and employment and has instead married his husband in secret.