by Ian Paul, Psephizo:
Jeremy Pemberton was married to Carrie and so they had 5 youngsters. They have been then divorced and Jeremy later entered right into a relationship with one other man, Laurence Cunnington. When the Equality Act (Same Sex Marriage) got here into legislation in 2013, Jeremy and Laurence married, despite the fact that the Church of England had explicitly said that this was not an appropriate course of motion for many who are ordained. Jeremy resided in Southwell and Nottingham Diocese, the place he had Permission to Officiate (PTO) however labored as a hospital chaplain in the Diocese of Lincoln, the place he had a licence from the bishop (which is a legally safer association than PTO). The Bishop of Lincoln, Christopher Lowson, issued a proper rebuke, and the performing Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, Richard Inwood, eliminated Jeremy’s PTO—which is well completed, since (in contrast to a licence) the PTO is in the present of the bishop and wishes no authorized course of for its elimination. Jeremy then utilized and was interviewed for a publish as hospital chaplain inside Southwell and Nottingham Diocese, for which (as he nicely knew) he would wish a licence from the bishop who had simply eliminated his PTO. Such a licence was not forthcoming, so he couldn’t take up the job. Jeremy took the bishop to an Employment Tribunal (ET), who discovered for the bishop; Jeremy then appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) whose ruling (in contrast to the ET) establishes a case in legislation, and which additionally discovered for the bishop; Jeremy then took the case to the Court of Appeal, whose ruling was subject final week. Jeremy has since resigned his licence.
(I reported on the begin of the case, the course of of the tribunal, the causes for it and the doable outcomes, the unlikelihood of Pemberton successful, the very safe end result of the tribunal, my debate with Jeremy on BBC2 about the case, Jeremy’s appeal to the EAT, and the very safe rejection of his appeal there. At the finish of the final publish, I commented that this actually must be the finish of the matter; I’m glad to report that it now’s.)
You can learn the judgement from the Court of Appeal on-line right here. There are a number of clearly hanging issues about it, however there are additionally another points value noting which is able to proceed to be of significance.
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