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Sexual orientation discrimination case against Church of England - Pemberton v Inwood [CA] 22.03.18 (Unreported)

A Church of England bishop was not a qualifications body covered by the duty in the Equality Act 2010 s.53 not to discriminate when determining whether to grant a priest permission to officiate. The bishop was a qualifications body when determining whether to issue an extra-parochial ministry licence. However, the bishop was entitled to refuse to grant a licence to a priest who had entered into a same-sex marriage because he could rely on Sch.9 para.2, which permitted requirements which discriminated on sexual orientation grounds if they were applied to comply with the doctrines of a religion.
Category: Employment » Sexual orientation discrimination. Keyword(s): Ecclesiastical law. Area(s) of law: Employment.
Source: [2018] EWCA Civ 564.

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