The Christian owners of a bakery in Northern Ireland have won a discrimination case after refusing to make a cake with a slogan supporting same sex marriage.
Their appeal saw the Supreme Court rule that their refusal to make the cake was not discriminatory.
In 2014 they refused to make a cake featuring the slogan “Support Gay Marriage”.
Since then they have had to weighed a hugely costly legal battle that has cost them hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell welcomed the decision, tweeting: “Ashers ‘gay cake’ verdict is victory for freedom of expression.
“The law should not compel businesses to aid political messages.”
Ashers ‘gay cake’ verdict is victory for freedom of expression. The law should not compel businesses to aid political messages. https://t.co/F3l2KzwwM6
— Peter Tatchell (@PeterTatchell) October 10, 2018
As Tatchell also points out, this means gay bakers couldn’t be forced to decorate a cake that was against gay marriage.
Peter Tatchell: “This verdict is a victory for freedom of expression. As well as meaning that Ashers cannot be legally forced to aid the promotion of same-sex marriage, it also means that gay bakers cannot be compelled by law to decorate cakes with anti-gay marriage slogans.”
— Jessica Elgot (@jessicaelgot) October 10, 2018
An important decision for freedom and the decision to choose whether to promote a political message or not.