Post submitted by Bo Suh, HRC Digital Media Intern.
After marrying his partner in April, Canon Jeremy Pemberton of the Anglican Church had his license to preach revoked on Sunday. Although England’s new law permits same-sex marriage, the House of Bishops bans gay clergy from marrying.
The church gave Pemberton a vocation for priesthood and to hospital chaplaincy, but now it has gone back on that evaluation and demanded him to resign. Pemberton, 58, remains a chaplain to various hospitals in the English Midlands.
HRC stands with Pemberton and supports his ability to continue his religious duties while being married to his partner. HRC’s Religion and Faith Program is working to create a world where nobody is forced to choose between who they are or who they love and what they believe. Thanks in part to this work, more and more faith communities aren’t simply engaging in dialogue around LGBT equality, they’re leading the conversation. Learn more about the Religion and Faith program here.