A priest who married his long-term partner is expecting to be punished he has revealed. Father Andrew Foreshew-Cain married Steven Foreshew-Cain in a ceremony held on Saturday. He has become only the second British priest to do so, since same-sex marriage came into law earlier this year.
The first was hospital chaplain Jeremy Pemberton, who tied the knot with his partner earlier this year. He has since been revoked of his Permission to Officiate by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham. This is due to a ban by the Church of England from clergy entering same-sex marriages.
The church has made it clear that they see marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Speaking today (June 25) to Ham & High, Fr. Foreshaw-Cain said “It’s very sad what they’ve done to Jeremy.
“It leaves me waiting to see what action my own bishop will take.
“My situation is a little different – I’m a freehold incumbent which in theory makes it harder for me to be removed from my post.
“But given what has come out of the House of Bishops condemning same-sex marriage, my bishop will have to take some sort of action – and I fully expect him to.
“I just don’t know what that will be. What else can I do but wait and see?
“In the end I just hope he sees my marriage as we do – as an act of love and as a promise in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer.
“Stephen’s made an honest man out of me, and I’ve made an honest man out of him – the church should be celebrating marriages like these.”
The priest has since announced that he has sought legal advice over any disciplinary action against him and seems to have the backing of his congregation.