European Employment Law Cases

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2019/3 It was not sexual orientation discrimination for a baker to refuse to provide a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage (UK)

Keywords Discrimination, Sexual orientation
Authors Soren Kristophersen
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344891 Soren Kristophersen
Soren Kristophersen is a Legal Assistant at Lewis Silkin LLP.
  • Abstract

      The Supreme Court has ruled that a baker’s refusal to provide a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage was not sexual orientation discrimination, nor discrimination on grounds of political belief. The Northern Ireland bakery was owned by Christians who had religious objections to gay marriage (they thought Christian doctrine holds that marriage can only take place between a man and a woman). Gay marriage is not legal in Northern Ireland, although it is in the rest of the United Kingdom. Gay couples can enter into a ‘civil partnership’ in Northern Ireland, which formalises the relationship and provides it with legal recognition in a similar way to marriage.

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