Clergy, the C of E and same-sex marriage: Pemberton v Inwood

As readers of this blog will know, Canon Jeremy Pemberton married his long-term partner, Laurence Cunnington, and Bishop Inwood – who at the time was Acting Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham –  revoked his Permission to Officiate (PTO) and refused to grant him an Extra Parochial Ministry Licence (EPML), which he needed to be able to take up a post as Chaplain in an NHS Trust in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham.

In Revd Canon Pemberton v Right Revd Richard Inwood (Sex Discrimination: Marital status) [2016] UKEAT 0072/16/0712 the Employment Appeal Tribunal [HHJ Eady QC, sitting alone] dismissed both the appeal of Canon Pemberton against the ruling of the Employment Tribunal and the Church of England’s cross-appeal. Continue reading