THE New Zealand Human Rights Tribunal has reserved its decision
in a case alleging that the Bishop of Auckland, the Rt Revd Ross
Bay, discriminated against a gay man who was in a same-sex
relationship by refusing to admit him to the diocesan
The case against Bishop Bay was brought by the Gay and Lesbian
Clergy Anti-Discrimination Society, on behalf of Eugene Sisneros,
an events co-ordinator for the Auckland parish of St Matthew in the
City. Mr Sisneros, a 38-year-old American, holds New Zealand
Press reports say that Mr Sisneros's lawyer argued in the
tribunal hearing last week that the Bishop's refusal breached a
section of the Human Rights Act.
The Bishop of Taranaki, the Rt Revd Philip Richardson, told the
tribunal that the canons of the Anglican Church in New Zealand
could not be interpreted to allow someone in a same-sex
relationship to be ordained. The Church was currently engaged in
processes that might lead to a change in these, he said.