Spanish Mayor Disguised Himself as Priest to Perform Civil Wedding

Country: Spain

Date of incident: September 23, 2018

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Political / Private



The mayor of Ayna (Albacete), Emiliano Rodríguez, disguised himself as a priest to perform a civil wedding ceremony in the town of Castilla-La Mancha. He wore a cassock with a large cross hanging around his neck and carried a small book like a bible in his hands. While the socialist mayor claimed it was a private event not intended to offend anyone, the stunt was widely criticized. The parish priest of Albacete wrote on social media, "As a priest I protest vigorously. Please respect my faith." (Como sacerdote protesto enérgicamente. Por favor, respete mi Fe).

Sources: OK Diario, ACI Prensa, Albacete Capital