2018-10-11 11:19:34 UTC
: "e Christian owners of a bakery have won an appeal at the UK's highest
court [supreme court] over a finding that they discriminated against a
customer by refusing to make a cake decorated with the words "Support Gay
: Five Supreme Court justices allowed a challenge by the McArthur family in
a unanimous ruling in London on Wednesday in what has become widely known as
the "gay cake case".
: The legal action was originally brought against family-run Ashers bakery
in Belfast by gay rights activist Gareth Lee, who won his case initially in
the county court and then at the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal.
: "Announcing the court's decision, its president, Lady Hale, said: "This
conclusion is not in any way to diminish the need to protect gay people and
people who support gay marriage from discrimination.
: "It is deeply humiliating, and an affront to human dignity, to deny
someone a service because of that person's race, gender, disability, sexual
orientation, religion or belief.
: "But that is not what happened in this case."
: She went on: "As to Mr Lee's claim based on sexual discrimination, the
bakers did not refuse to fulfil his order because of his sexual orientation.
: "They would have refused to make such a cake for any customer,
irrespective of their sexual orientation."