Gay clergyman loses discrimination claim at employment tribunal

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

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.

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.

Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham spokesperson