CORONATION Street fans realize there is a problem after Billy makes the life-changing decision to marry Paul.
The couple tied the knot in the ITV soap’s first gay wedding in Monday’s episode.
After a civil wedding in the bistro, Paul surprised Billy with a secret service where they exchanged their vows before God, knowing full well how much it meant to his partner.
However, a photo taken at the ceremony was accidentally left on the floor, and in tonight’s episode the bishop came to tell Billy – an archdeacon – that he knew what they had done after an overseer found it.
While the bishop decided to “turn a blind eye” after Billy explained his and Paul’s plight, things took another turn when the director posted about the ceremony on social media.
It caused an uproar in the community and left Billy devastated when he realized that the people he had helped marry, be baptized, or bury their loved ones were so strongly against his sexuality.
The bishop suggested he apologize, but Billy told Paul that if he did that he would be apologizing for who he was.
Paul’s mother Bernie then took matters into her own hands by posting pictures from the church ceremony on social media before showing the couple the support they received.
This prompted Billy to go the local routeand talk about the situation, and although he was diplomatic at first, he soon said how he really felt.
When the radio host asked if the churchwas “wrong,” Billy paused and replied, “It’s wrong, it’s just wrong.”
“I’m tired of giving a politician the answers, I can’t do it anymore. I’m just a man, the man God made me to be, and I love the way he wanted me to love, and I love the person I was meant to love.
“The leaders say it is a complex issue, but that is true, it is not faith or good or right. It has nothing to do with me or you or anyone trying to find their way in this world.
“I just pray thatyou do what you promise, that it is a place where the word of Christ actually matters, a place where all that matters is that we love one another.”
Billy later received a call from the bishop informing him that he had heard the interview and that, although he was sympathetic to his position, he had no choice but to suspend him indefinitely.
As the credits rolled, Coronation Street viewers voiced their opinions on Billy’s suspension, arguing that he doesn’t actually do much work as a vicar.
One wrote down
Another added: “The priest can now spend even more time outside of a real church.”
A third tweeted: “Oh Billy lost his job. Well, I guess we’ll just have to see him at the cafe?”
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