Gay vicar who defied Church to marry same-sex partner opens post office inside church

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A popular gay vicar who defied the Church of England to marry his same-sex partner has raised eyebrows again, by opening a post office in one of his churches.

Last month Father Andrew Cain, of St Mary’s with All Souls in Kilburn, tied the knot with partner of 14 years, Steve Foreshaw.

Father Foreshaw-Cain, who put up “Keep calm and support equal marriage” signs in two of his churches in January, is yet to be officially punished for marrying, though chaplain Jeremy Pemberton had his Permission to Officiate revoked by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham when he married.

The vicar decided to allow a post office in one of his churches, St James’ in West Hampstead, after the local post office closed.

He told the Star: “The local post office closed and there was nowhere else for a new one to go.

“An awful lot of hard work has gone on to make it happen, but it was worth it – God has provided.”

He joked: “Hopefully the bishops will be more pleased about the post office opening.”

The vicar previously said that he still “fully expects” to be punished for defying the Church’s ban on gay couples marrying.

He said: “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?”