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In November 2008 Aalto told to the media that he is a male-to-female transsexual and will have a sex-change operation. This caused a great controversy in the Church. The bishop of Mikkeli, Voitto Huotari, commented that there is no juridical obstacle for Aalto contuing as a vicar, but that there will be problems.
In 2009 almost 600 members broke away from the Imatra parish. In November 2009 Aalto returned to the job of vicar after spending a year on leave. In March 2010 Aalto requested to be allowed to resign.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 http://www.hs.fi/kotimaa/artikkeli/1135241007244
- ↑ http://www.hs.fi/kotimaa/artikkeli/1135251932118
- ↑ http://yle.fi/alueet/etela-karjala/2010/03/marja-sisko_aalto_eroaa_virastaan_1532508.html
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