Another cleric in trouble for being gay and married

The Rev. David Meredith of Cincinatti, an openly-gay Methodist minister, may have to face a church trial that could strip him of his ministry for marrying his longtime partner.

ABC Reports:

Meredith has led the congregation at Clifton United Methodist Church in Cincinnati as an openly gay man since 2012. The Methodist Church pledged to welcome “all persons, regardless of sexual orientation” more than a decade earlier. Despite that pledge, the church’s “Book of Discipline,” a document that is revised every four years to reflect current realities in society still bans gay people from serving as ministers, Meredith told ABC News. The book was last revised in 2016, just days before Meredith married his longtime partner Jim Schlachter, he said.

Shortly after his wedding, 10 members of the Methodist Church in the Cincinnati area sent letters to Bishop Gregory Vaughn Palmer of the Ohio West Area of the United Methodist Church, challenging Meredith’s fitness to be a pastor. None of those church members actually belonged to Meredith’s congregation.


Magistrate sues over his views

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Richard Page, a 71-year-old Christian magistrate who was sacked after saying that straight couples make better parents than gay ones, is claiming he was discriminated against.

He was sacked in March 2016 by Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Lord Thomas, who said his public comments suggested he was ‘biased and prejudiced against single-sex adopters’, then the NHS Trust Development Authority suspended him from his role as a non-executive director at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.

Mr Page is suing the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice for religious discrimination, claiming that his views on gay adoption are rooted in his Christian beliefs.

Magistrate who said gay couples aren’t as good parents sues over sacking

Priest appeals

Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who was prevented from working as a hospital chaplain in Nottinghamshire after marrying his partner Laurence Cunnington in April 2014, has urged senior judges to find he suffered discrimination.

He was a Church of England priest for more than 30 years but had his permission to officiate revoked after he married. He was also denied a licence which left him unable to take up a job offer at the King’s Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire.

He renewed his fight at London’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday, where his lawyers argued the earlier rulings should be overturned. The hearing continues today.

60 years battle comes to an end


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After a 60 year battle, Grace James won her honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force this week, at the age of 90.

She enlisted in the Air Force in 1952, and had a fine service record. She was promoted to Airman 2nd Class but when she was stationed at Roslyn Air Force Base, Airman James came under investigation by the Office of Special Investigation.

One night in the winter of 1955 she sat with a friend in her car to eat sandwiches. An officer discovered them and took her into custody and she was interrogated. Investigators told Helen Grace James that if she didn’t sign a statement they put in front of her, they would tell her family she was homosexual. She signed, and was discharged as “undesirable.”

She received no severance pay or veterans’ health care coverage, and no assistance from the GI bill to go to college. She had worked through channels for decades to try to upgrade her discharge, and finally sued the Air Force this month.

Congratulations Grace.

US Gay workers still lack protection

Today the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by a Georgia security guard who said she was harassed and forced from her job because she is a lesbian. The court therefore avoided an opportunity to decide whether a federal law that bans gender-based bias also outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Reuters notes:

The justices left in place a lower court ruling against Jameka Evans, who had argued that workplace sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Workplace protections are a major source of concern for advocates of rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Working abroad? Be careful

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Relocating abroad for work is incredibly exciting but if you’re LGBTI it can also be fraught with additional difficulties. The BBC has been looking into the matter and identifying what precautions members of the community need to take when working in various countries.

The writers conclude that

… multinational companies have two choices. One is to turn a blind eye to the challenges faced by LGBTI employees and subsequently suffer the consequences of premature assignment returns and failed assignment costs. The other is taking an equally challenging path by acknowledging the challenges and concentrating on efforts to support LGBTI people through their international assignment experience.

US Gays still lack corporate benefits

American gays are still lagging behind in the provision of corporate benefits, reports Bloomberg.

After the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in 2015, some big companies stopped offering domestic-partner benefits, assuming that committed same-sex couples would just get married.

But that’s not the case, says the Human Rights Campaign, which is encouraging firms to offer domestic-partner benefits. Starting next year, companies will have to offer benefits for unmarried couples if they want a perfect score on the organization’s high-profile LGBT Corporate Equality Index.