unless he's gay
Gay man wins case against
Church of England
From The Telegraph see
A gay man won a landmark case of
unlawful discrimination against the Church of England yesterday
after a bishop refused him a job because of his sexuality.
An employment tribunal ruled that John Reaney had been discriminated
against on grounds of sexual orientation when he was turned
down for the post of youth worker in the diocese of Hereford.
Reaney said he was "delighted" by
the decision, which could have implications for employment policies
in the Church.
But the Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Rev Anthony Priddis, said he was
naturally disappointed and was considering whether to appeal.
The Lesbian and Gay Christian
Movement said the bishop should resign.
During the tribunal hearing in Cardiff in April, Reaney said that he
had been asked intrusive questions by Bishop Priddis about his
previous gay relationship during a two-hour meeting in July 2006.
During his evidence, Bishop
Priddis said he had made it clear to Reaney that a person in a
sexual relationship outside marriage, whether they were
heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or transgender, would be turned
down for the post. The Bishop said that Reaney's behavior was
contrary to official Church teaching and had the potential to
impact on the spiritual, moral and ethical leadership within the
The tribunal found that Bishop Priddis should have considered only
the present lifestyle of Reaney, who is single, and he should not
have speculated about potential future relationships.
Delivering the judgment, the tribunal said the case would be listed
for a remedy hearing and Reaney is expected to be awarded
Church Offer No Appeal
1st October 2007
Hereford diocese has said it won’t
appeal against a tribunal’s ruling that its bishop, Anthony Priddis,
discriminated against a gay job applicant.
There will be a remedy hearing in December at which it will be
decided how much compensation to pay Mr Reaney who was unfairly
16th February 2008
Bishop Priddis has been ordered to
undergo equal opportunities training and to pay a gay youth worker
nearly £50,000 for refusing him a job because of his sexuality.
The compensation includes £25,000 for future loss of wages, £8,000
for future pension loss, £7,000 damages for psychiatric injury,
£6,000 for injury to feelings, £1,320 for counselling and £25 for
costs incurred seeking work.
The diocese's costs in fighting the case are expected to be around
£50,000, but a spokesman said this was being met by an anonymous
But the diocese will have to pay the £47,000 compensation award from
its own funds.