Jeremy Pemberton, an Anglican priest who defied the Church of England’s rules by “marrying” his gay lover, has lost his appeal to a Church of England employment tribunal. After he “married” his lover in 2014, the Anglican church swiftly revoked his license to serve as a priest since he disobeyed their clear directives. Pemberton, who had previously been in a real marriage with a wife who bore him five children, claimed in his complaint to the church’s Employment Appeal Tribunal that he was discriminated against because he was gay and had entered a gay marriage. He also claimed Bishops had unjustly harassed him because of his lifestyle.
The Tribunal ruled that revoking Pemberton’s license was in keeping with the Church’s long-held doctrine that marriage is strictly a union between a man and woman. They stated that Pemberton was aware of the rules but chose to defy them to his own detriment, knowing that violating the rules would mean he would not be in good standing with the church. Therefore, his claims were baseless.
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 1 Corinthians 5:11