The first Church of England chaplain to enter into a same sex marriage has begun an Employment Tribunal this week in Nottingham. Canon Jeremy Pemberton was stripped of his permission to officiate as a priest by the then Bishop of Nottingham and Southwell as a direct result of his marriage to his husband, Laurence Cunnington. Canon Pemberton was then unable to take up an NHS job offer due to his lack of license.
Canon Pemberton is claiming that the Bishop acted in breach of the Equality Act 2010 in penalising him for his same sex marriage. Helen Trotter has been representing Jeremy since the beginning of his case, along with Justin Gau, and is being led at the Tribunal by Sean Jones QC.
Further coverage on this case:
The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/16/canon-jeremy-pemberton-first-priest-marry-same-sex-partner-sues-church-of-england?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Messenger
Winckworth Sherwood in conversation with Kings Chambers
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