The Daily Mail (British) website reports today (May 15, 2010) that a lesbian couple claim they were forced out of their church after they were spotted holding hands during a service.
Kersten Pegden and Nina Lawrence said that other members of the congregation at St. Nicholas Anglican Church in Corfe Mullen, Dorset, England, thought their behavior was "overtly sexual."
Miss Pegden, 38, had attended the church for many years. She separated from her husband in September 2009, and is now going through a divorce.
She said the church vicar, Rev. Pamela Walker, "wanted to know the details about my divorce, how long it was going to be, and the fact it had dragged on too long."
The lesbian couple now attend another church.