… in which Church some Portuguese, a few years ago, took part in a strange brotherhood. They married male to male at the Mass, with the same ceremonies as our marriages, were doing Easter together, reading the same nuptial gospel, and then sleeping and living together. The Roman spirits said that, because the other conjunction of male and female is legitimated by this only circumstance, as in a marriage, it seemed to those fine people that this other action would be similarly just, authorized to the ceremonies and mysteries of the Church. Eight or nine Portuguese of this fine sect were burnt.
Michel de Montaigne, Travel journal in Italy via Switzerland and Germany in 1580 and 1581, with notes by M. de Querlon, published in Paris in 1774. While the text makes it clear that Montaigne was not disapproving those same-sex weddings, the commentator feels forced to add a footnote about the “sacrilegious monstrosity of this impiety”.