Norfolk Christian PC appeals in gay rights row
2008: Christian Police officer Graham Cogman is to appeal against his sacking from Norfolk Police for misconduct in a row over gay rights and his religious beliefs
Mr Cogman, backed by the Police Federation, is planning to take the force to an employment tribunal next year, funded by the Christian Legal Centre. He said he had received a huge amount of support both from within and outside the force.
Last week the Rev Martin Young, vicar of St Andrew’s church in Norwich, wrote an open letter to Norfolk Police and the Eastern Daily Press protesting that it had ‘manifestly failed to uphold PC Cogman’s right to express his Christian faith’.
The vicar added: ‘His views are not extreme or unusual. They are consistent with the published understanding of the Church of England, of which he is a member.’
Mr Cogman said he had no problems with colleagues until gay liaison officers circulated an email to officers in early 2005 encouraging staff to wear a pink ribbon on their uniforms during Gay History Month.
Norfolk Police spokesman Anne Campbell said the issue was “not about Mr Cogman's beliefs but about his behaviour” after he ignored repeated warnings.