Southwell priest in first gay wedding

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A Southwell priest who became the first clergyman to take part in a same sex marriage could face disciplinary action.

Canon Jeremy Pemberton tied the knot with his partner Laurence Cunnington last Saturday 12th April, ignoring a Church of England ban on gay clergy marrying.

Following the private ceremony in front of family and friends in a local hotel, Cannon Pemberton, told a national newspaper: “I love this man and I want to be married to him.”

The couple are currently on honeymoon.

The Oxford-educated canon preaches at Southwell Minster and is deputy senior chaplain of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

According to his Facebook page, he started his relationship with Mr Cunnington, 51, in February 2008.

The Acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Rt Rev Richard Inwood, said: “I am aware that a member of the clergy who has permission to officiate in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham has married a partner of the same sex.

“The introduction of same- sex marriage in our country is a new reality and has consequences for the life and discipline of the Church of England.

“Whilst our prayers are certainly with those concerned, it would be pastorally inappropriate at this stage to comment on individual situations publicly.”