Two former nuns have gotten married after falling in love and renouncing their vows to Catholicism.
The two celebrated with a same-sex civil union ceremony outside Turin in northern Italy. Mayor Luca Salvai of Pinerolo officiated.
Since June 5, 2016, Italy has recognized same-sex civil unions, giving couples most of the legal protections of married couples in the country, even though the Vatican mostly opposes.
Italy’s La Stampa newspaper described the couple as “two ex-Franciscan Sisters, both 44, who met on a pilgrimage.” They’re trying to remain private, revealing their first names as Isabel, from Latin America, and Federica, from Italy, to the media.
“God wants people to be happy and to live their love life openly,” Isabel told the paper.
“We ask our church to welcome all people who love each other,” Federica said.
A priest named Franco Barbero, who was suspended from priesthood in 2003 because he supports gay marriage, blessed the couple in a non-official religious service.
Italy was one of the last European countries to legalize gay marriage.
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