Belfast Bakery Was Free to Refuse Gay-Marriage Cake, Court Rules

Oct 11, 2018

By Ed O’Loughlin

DUBLIN — Britain’s Supreme Court supported on Wednesday the right of a Belfast bakery to refuse to bake a cake with a message supporting same-sex marriage, finding that its Christian owners could not be compelled to reproduce a message contrary to their beliefs.

Although the person who requested the cake was gay, a five-judge panel found that the bakery owners’ refusal was based not on his sexual orientation, but on their Protestant faith’s opposition to gay marriage.

“There was no discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation,” said the judgment, which overturned the rulings of two lower courts.

It cited the United States Supreme Court’s decision in June in favor of a Colorado baker who had refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple, a narrow decision that left open the larger question of whether a business can discriminate against gay men and lesbians based on First Amendment rights.

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One comment on “Belfast Bakery Was Free to Refuse Gay-Marriage Cake, Court Rules”

  • @OP – “There was no discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation,” said the judgment, which overturned the rulings of two lower courts.

    The case was thrown out on a technicality, because the gay couple had foolishly proposed the political slogan! “SUPPORT GAY MARRIAGE” on the cake, rather than a more usual celebration message.

    This could be a precedent to be used by homophobes, as a thin end of the wedge.
    It remains to be seen if the bakery will supply a cake which simply has the names of the same-sex couple on it!

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