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Gay clergyman loses discrimination claim at employment tribunal

A gay clergyman who was prevented from taking up a post as a hospital chaplain was not discriminated against by a former acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, an employment tribunal panel has ruled.

Canon Jeremy Pemberton Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The panel also dismissed a claim or harassment made by Canon Jeremy Pemberton, against the former acting Bishop, the Rt Revd Richard Inwood.

Canon Pemberton had his permission to officiate revoked after marrying his partner in 2014, and he alleged that the Church of England's stance on same-sex marriage breached the 2010 Equality Act.

Following the decision a spokesperson for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham said:

We are thankful to the tribunal for its work on this complex case and for its findings in favour of the Rt Revd Richard Inwood, on all the claims made against him.

We recognise that it has been a long and difficult process for all concerned, and we continue to hold them in our thoughts and prayers.

Churches across the diocese continue to offer a generous welcome to people from all backgrounds.

We remain engaged in the on-going shared conversations across the wider Church of England that are exploring questions relating to human sexuality.

– Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham spokesperson