A lesbian couple have tied the knot in Italy after relinquishing their vow of celibacy to the Roman Catholic Church. Federica from Italy, and Isabel, from South America developed romantic feelings for each other during a mission at a drug rehabilitation centre three years ago.
An ex-priest, Franco Barbero, who “also was excommunicated from the church due to his support of gay marriage” recently chose to share the couple’s love story with Italian newspaper La Stampa. “They got to know each other slowly, and discovered they had deep feelings. They are two marvellous people, with very deep faith. They reflected for a long time and took the decision courageously, knowing it wouldn’t be accepted,” Franco told La Stampa.
Even though same-sex marriages have now been deemed legal in Italy, the Catholic Church remains firmly opposed to the idea of homosexual unions.