“You may do the washing-up together, but there must be no exchange of bodily fluids!”

That’s not a verbatim quote, but rather a paraphrasing of the reaction from Anglican “traditionalists” to the news that two Christian priests already in a civil partnership – the Reverends Peter Cowell and Dr David Lord – recently exchanged marriage vows in a ceremony at St Bartholomew the Great’s Church in the City of London.

It seems that under current Church of England rules gay priests can enter civil partnerships as long as they remain celibate. Now if that were not preposterous enough, African bishops and others are are now complaining about the liturgical formality of the London marriage service. These genitally-obsessed men in frocks are deserving of a thorough Freudian going-over.

Congratulations to the Cowell-Lords!