Chaplain accuses Church of England of homophobia

Canon Jeremy Pemberton (left) and Laurence Cunnington got married earlier this year

The first British clergyman to enter a gay marriage has accused the Church of England of homophobia and said that he is considering legal action after it blocked his attempt to take up a new post in a move he says is intended to stop others following in his footsteps.

Canon Jeremy Pemberton, a hospital chaplain in Lincoln, married his partner Laurence Cunnington in April in defiance of guidance from Church of England bishops that it was at variance with Anglican teachings.

Last month, the acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Right Reverend Richard Inwood, responded by revoking Pemberton permission to operate as a priest in the diocese of Southwell and Nottinghamshire, where the chaplain lives, although it did not affect his ability to work as a priest in Lincoln.

However, Inwood has now scuppered Pemberton’s attempt to take up a new job, as chaplaincy and bereavement manager at the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust, by refusing to issue the required licence, it emerged on Wednesday…