Gay cake judgment: Human rights barrister explains what you need to know about today’s big decision

Bakery’s refusal to make same-sex marriage cake is NOT discriminatory, rules Supreme Court

The UK Supreme Court has this morning ruled in favour of Ashers, a bakery in Northern Ireland which refused to make a cake iced with the slogan: ‘Support Gay Marriage’. A five-judge panel of Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Hodge and Lady Black made the decision.

The Ashers owners, who are Christian, were sued in 2014 by gay rights activist Gareth Lee for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and political beliefs. Having lost the initial case and the subsequent appeal, they took the case to the Supreme Court — and won. The key point made by the judges was that Ashers’ objection was to the message on the cake and not to Lee’s sexual orientation — as they ruled that it’s OK to refuse to promote gay marriage provided that you do not discriminate against gay people.

Human rights barrister Adam Wagner has been analysing the judgment.

The decision will have major implications for discrimination claims, but it seems that on this occasion Gareth Lee won’t be having his cake or eating it.

Read the judgment in full

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