'Gay Cake' case goes before Supreme Court in Belfast
The Supreme Court on Tuesday will sit in Belfast to consider the so-called 'gay cake' case, just under four years since the cake was ordered.
Five judges from the UK's highest court will consider an appeal from Ashers Bakery, supported by The Christian Institute, to overturn previous decisions by the Appeal Court, High Court and District Court that a decision not to make a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan was discrimintory.
An order for the cake with the slogan 'Support Gay Marriage' was first made on May 9 2014 by gay rights activist Gareth Lee.
His case has been supported by the taxpayer-funded Equality Commission.
The original cake order was for a cake worth £36.50, with the order being refused by the McArthur family, who run Ashers, on the grounds it conflicted with their religious beliefs.
Appeal court judges earlier ruled the bakers were not allowed only to provide a service to people who agreed with their political beliefs.
The Supreme Court will consider whether the McArthur family, the appellants in the case, discriminated against the customer on the grounds of sexual orientation and whether that contravenes the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (NI) 2006 and the Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998, and also whether it contravenes Mr Lee's rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.
It is the second time the Supreme Court has sat for business outside of London since its creation in 2009.
On Monday it considered the case of Siobhan McLaughlin, who has challenged a law that parents must have married to be entitled to widowed parents allowance.
Belfast Telegraph Digital