Christian bakers win court fight after rejecting gay marriage cake

Christian bakers win court fight after rejecting gay marriage cake

"There is a concern that this judgement may raise uncertainty about the application of equality law in the commercial sphere, both about what businesses can do and what customers may expect", said Chief Commissioner Michael Wardlow. Sign in or Sign up today!

"This conclusion is not in any way to diminish the need to protect gay people and people who support gay marriage from discrimination".

Mr Lee, with support from Northern Ireland's Equality Commission, took the Christians to the county court and then at the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal, which sided with the complainant alleging the McArthurs had "unlawfully discriminated".

It was in May 2014 that Ashers declined an order placed at its Belfast store by a gay rights activist who wanted images of Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie campaigning for gay marriage. As well as meaning that Ashers can not be legally forced to aid the promotion of same-sex marriage, it also means that gay bakers can not be compelled by law to decorate cakes with anti-gay marriage slogans.

"However, the court erred by ruling that Lee was discriminated against because of his sexual orientation and political opinions".

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, which backed Mr Lee, argued that the message on the cake was associated with his support for law reform.

Citing those protections, the five judges on the U.K. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a baker can not be forced to sell a cake that included a message he or she found objectionable.

Daniel and Amy had a press scrum after the ruling.

"Much as I wish to defend the gay community, I also want to defend freedom of conscience, expression and religion", he wrote. We always knew we hadn't done anything wrong in turning down this order. "After more than four years, the Supreme Court has now recognized that, and we're very grateful".

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Britain's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a bakery that refused to make a cake celebrating same-sex marriage for a gay customer.

Ashers Baking Co, now a chain of nine shops and cafes, is named for the Biblical family of Asher. Members of the tribe were known for being good bakers.

The court said the situation was more akin to a Christian printing business being required to print leaflets promoting an atheist message. Lee does as well.

Tatchell continued, "Ashers did not discriminate against the customer, Gareth Lee, because he was gay".

Speaking to the media after the ruling was announced, he said: "To me, this was never about a campaign or a statement".

Not so, says the U.K. Supreme court in its ruling.

Under the European Convention on Human Rights, no person can be forced to express a political opinion that they don't hold.

Everett Collection/NewscomThe United Kingdom's highest court ruled Wednesday that a baker can not be forced to bake a cake with a pro-gay message on it.

Mr Lee, who was supported by Northern Ireland's Equality Commission, was also present for the latest ruling in the case, which has attracted enormous attention.

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