Retired vicar defies Church of England by marrying 24-year-old male model

A retired vicar, aged 78, has tied the knot to his 24-year-old partner.

Under current Church of England rules, clergymen are banned from performing same-sex marriages or entering them themselves.

But 78-year-old Rev Philip Clements, a retired former parish priest in Eastry, Kent, flouted the rules yesterday – by getting married to his 24-year-old partner Florin.

The gay vicar revealed is planning to start a new life in his husband’s native Romania and travel the world, after getting married in a civil ceremony on Tuesday.

He explained: “It’s only when I retired from full-time ministry that I decided I had to be my true self. It’s unnatural to keep on denying it.”

The couple have taken on each other’s surnames and today became Philip Clements-Marin and Florin Marin-Clements.

The reverend’s same-sex nuptials had been met with some hostility locally.

In a letter to the local newspaper, one local compared Rev Clements to Judas.

The angry letter-writer wrote: “[There is an] interesting parallel, rather appropriately, leading up to Easter, between Judas Iscariot, who was with Jesus for the three years of his earthly ministry and yet misunderstood him so much.

“We now have the ex-vicar of Eastry, who has spent even more time in Christian service without understanding the Bible or Christianity, now trying to force the Church into his views about marrying gay clergy.”

Speaking to Kent Online, Rev Clements said: “Jesus taught us to love our neighbours and not to judge. Jesus never once commented on this particular topic.

“Judas did a terrible thing. I’ve never betrayed Jesus and I would never encourage people to do that.”

He added: “I know that evangelical fundamentalists will say that this sort of thing… I think the Church needs to move on to understand life for many in the 21st century.

“My friends have accepted it and have sent us messages of support and good wishes for our new life in Romania.

“Those who feel negative about it, we haven’t heard from them.”

The couple have attracted press attention because Mr Marin, 24, is half a century his partner’s junior.

But they insist their relationship is natural.

Mr Marin said: “All my friends know that my type is old people because they have more experience in life.”

A number of active Church of England clergy have already defied the controversial ban on same-sex unions, which was hastily implemented before equal marriage became legal in England and Wales.

The Church recently vowed to go back to the drawing board in a bid to broker a solution on the issue, which has led to a deep split the church.

These elderly lesbian penguins are raising a chick together

A lesbian penguin couple are raising a chick together, a zoo has revealed.

The penguins, named Thelma and Louise, have fostered the chick after its birth mother was left by her partner, leaving her struggling to raise the chick.

At 24 Thelma and Louise are very old to be parents, with the species having an average life expectancy of 15-20 years.

But zoo bosses think the same-sex penguin couple make the perfect parents, so gave the egg to the two females.

“King penguins have to incubate that egg on their feet for 55 days,” Ebony Dwipayana, who works at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, New Zealand.

The couple now take shifts in looking after the egg, each looking after it for two or three days at a time, then swapping so the other can look for food.

“They absolutely love having a chick to take care of,” zookeeper Dwipayana said.

“Obviously they’re not able to have their own, so the fact that they can still raise a healthy chick is amazing for them, and is such a beautiful experience to share.”

The couple’s happy story was revealed in an interview on New Zealand TV when they visited the zoo.

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It’s not the first story of gay penguins looking after chicks.

Two gay penguins in a Chinese zoo have been seen stealing eggs from straight couples.

The penguins at Polar Land in Harbin said the gay parents had a strong instinctive urge to become parents.

A zookeeper said: “One of the responsibilities of being a male adult is looking after the eggs.

“Despite this being a biological impossibility for this couple, the natural desire is still there.”

The gay couple had tried to hide their antics by replacing the eggs with stones.

An anti-LGBT recently got very angry about gay penguins, and whether they can go to Mars.

Rugby player ‘abused’ lesbian teen ‘for his own sexual gratification,’ judge says as he clears him

A rugby player charged with sexually assaulting an autistic lesbian teenager has been told: “you abused her for your own sexual gratification” – as he was cleared.

A verdict of not proven was handed down to Innes Frazer, 30, as the judge at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court said he was “not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that [she] did not consent”.

‘Not proven’ is a form of acquittal in Scotland which is given when a judge or jury is not entirely convinced of a defendant’s innocence, but lacks the required evidence to find them guilty.

The prosecution accused Frazer of kissing the 18-year-old repeatedly, put his hands under her clothes and touching her breasts before taking off his trousers and forced her to touch his genitals.

The alleged attack is said to have happened during a Christmas party last year, in a shipping container known as the “tin bin” at Ardrossan Academicals Rugby Football Club in Ayrshire.

Frazer claimed that the incident was consensual.

In explaining the decision, Sheriff David Hall told Frazer he “really abused” his position with the teenager.

“She was a family friend and you told me, at the outset of your evidence, that you had nothing but love for her, but it’s clear to me that on December 17 you abused her for your own sexual gratification,” the sheriff continued.

Over the course of the trial, Frazer admitted to introducing the plaintiff to people as “my favourite lesbian” and “the autistic lesbian,” adding that he was “the only one who could turn her straight.”

The judge told him that “remarks you made when introducing her to your friends, which you accepted, are utterly offensive”.

He concluded, however, that he was “not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that [she] did not consent to what happened in the tin bin.”

During the trial, the woman told the court: “Innes sexually assaulted me.

“It was in the tin bin that’s outside the club – it stores the equipment. Innes asked me to go in and I did because I trusted him.”

She accused Frazer of unbuckling his belt and exposing himself, before pulling down her top.

“He was being quite persistent,” she said. “He tried to put his hand up my skirt.

“I pushed him away and said: ‘No.’ I heard my dad shouting at me so I left; I walked out.

“He bent over to pretend he was being sick but he was actually trying to do up his belt.”

The 18-year-old said she told Frazer to stop, but that he continued “touching himself”.

She added that she vomited after the incident, which she claimed Frazer asked her to lie about.

“Innes told me to tell everyone we were at the bank getting money. I felt sick, disgusted and sad.

“I went back inside, went to the toilet and was sick.”

The court heard the plaintiff pulled away from Frazer, who is engaged to 24-year-old Kirsty Blackstock, and asked him to stop, saying: “What about Kirsty?”

Frazer is said to have responded: “F*** Kirsty, she’s not here.”

Egg Recipes That’ll Make You Excited For Breakfast Again

Eggs are a versatile food that offer a good deal of options ― even the simple hard-boiled egg can be handled in a number of ways, and to varying degrees of doneness. You can opt to bake them instead of boil them, or even steam them for a more tender approach. And that’s just the very beginning ― we haven’t even touched upon poaching, scrambling and frying

But even with all those options, sometimes eggs still get tired. And for those times, you need new, inspired recipes to remind you of how great this protein-rich food is.

We have those recipes for you, right here. 

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In Case You Didn’t Know, Green And Black Tea Come From The Same Plant

The market is loaded with tea options ― there are more versions of chai than we can drink ― but at the end of the day, most of them start from the same place: the camellia sinesis plant (pictured above).

That’s right, both green and black teas are made from the same plant despite their different look and taste. In fact, so too is oolong and white tea. It’s all about how when the leaves are picked and how they are processed that gives us the different teas we enjoy.

At one end of the spectrum is white tea. White tea is made with tea leaves before they are fully opened from the bud ― when they’re still covered in white hairs (that’s how white tea got its name). It is minimally processed and dried right after plucking to minimize oxidation.

To make green tea, young opened leaves and buds are cut from the plants. The leaves are left to wither ― which allows the water to evaporate ― and they are then steamed or pan-fired. This prevents the enzymes that are naturally found in the leaves from oxidizing. The leaves are then dried while maintaining their green color. 

Black tea goes through a minimally different process, but one that produces significantly different results. First, freshly plucked leaves are withered, similar to green tea. They are then rolled to release the enzymes from the leaves. After rolling, the leaves are laid out to oxidize. This is what gives the leaves their characteristic black color. Only once sufficiently oxidized are the leaves dried (which stops further oxidation). The oxidation is what gives black tea its deep flavor. 

Oolong tea falls somewhere between green and black in terms of processing. Made from leaves plucked at the same stage as the two aforementioned teas, oolong is withered and rolled before oxidization. Oolong is only partially oxidized ― how much varies according to the production style of the produce. It can vary between 8 to 80 percent.

Herbal “teas” are not made from the tea plant, and are not technically tea.

If you’re wondering, then, what the difference is between all the various types of black tea (or green, or white), take this example. Earl Grey tea is considered a black tea, and so is English Breakfast. But they’re both made from camellia sinensis ― Earl Grey just has the addition of bergamot oil, and English Breakfast is a blend of three other types of tea (which are all also made from camellia sinensis).

No matter which tea you fancy, at the end of the day it’s really all about oxidization. Just make sure you’re getting the most out of the one you do choose to drink. 

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