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Gay hospital chaplain loses discrimination case against Church of England


A gay clergyman who was prevented by the Church of England from taking up a job in the NHS as a hospital chaplain has lost his discrimination appeal claim.

Canon Pemberton, a Church of England priest for more than 30 years, had his permission to officiate revoked after he married his partner in 2014.  This left him unable to take up a job offer as a hospital chaplain.  The Church of England allows priests to be in gay relationships and civil partnerships as long as the relationship is celibate, but they are forbidden from marrying their partners.

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High Court dismisses recognition of same sex marriage petition

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NI Attorney-General cannot refer Ashers case to the Supreme Court

Gareth Lee v Colin McArthur, Karen McArthur and Ashers Baking Company Ltd [2016] NICA 55

In our October Update, we reported that on 24th October 2016, the Court of Appeal found that Ashers Baking Company had directly discriminated against the respondent on grounds of sexual orientation, and religious and political belief, by refusing to fulfil his order for a cake in support of marriage equality.

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Court of Appeal rules that Ashers Bakery directly discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation

Lee v McArthur and Ashers Baking Co. Ltd (Court of Appeal)

On 24th October 2016, the Court of Appeal found that Ashers Baking Company had directly discriminated against the respondent on grounds of sexual orientation, and religious and political belief, by refusing to fulfil his order for a cake in support of marriage equality.

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Supreme Court seeks guidance from CJEU regarding case of transgender woman refused state pension

Under the Gender Recognition Act 2004, by obtaining a gender recognition certificate, transgender people have the right to have their gender formally recognised in law.  MB was married in 1974, began to live as a woman in 1991 and underwent gender reassignment surgery in 1995 but did not apply for a gender recognition certificate.  In order to be granted a certificate, MB would have had to annul her marriage.  She decided to remain married to her wife and mother of their two children.

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Judgment reserved in Ashers case

On 12th May 2016, the three appeal judges, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan and Lord Justices Weatherup and Weir confirmed that they were reserving their judgment in the case of Lee v McArthur, better known as the Ashers case.

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