Jeffrey John 'likely to lose' sexuality lawsuit against Church of England
Gay cleric would stand little chance of winning discrimination case over failing to be promoted to bishop, say legal experts.
Jeffrey John would be unlikely to win any action against the Church of England over his sexuality according to legal experts, due to an exception in the Equality Act that allows churches to refuse to hire because of the religious beliefs of their members.
On Sunday it emerged that John, who was rejected for the post of bishop of Southwark in 2010, was considering suing his employers for discrimination over his being gay.
"Churches can't be forced to employ people where a significant number of the religion's followers object on theological grounds," said Daniel Barnett, an employment law specialist at Outer Temple chambers, who said that John would have a difficult time proving his case.
January 19, 2012